Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Builder and architect, of Dublin. Peter McOwen was admitted to the Royal Dublin Society's School of Drawing in Architecture on 5 March 1835, to the School of Landscape and Ornament in 1836, and to the School of Figure Drawing in 1839, winning awards on 8 December 1836, 14 December 1837,25 April 1839 and 24 June 1841.(1) An architect of this name, of 23 Denzille Street, Dublin, appears in Pettigrew & Oulton's and Thom's directories in 1845 and 1846,(2) and was presumably closely connected with the McOwen & Son, builders, of 21 Denzille Street who are listed in the Post Office Dublin Directory for 1844.

It is not clear whether or how Peter McOwen was related to Anthony McOwen who was in business as a builder at 15 Annavilla Lower, Ranelagh, during the 1850s. This Anthony McOwen had been replaced by a Peter McOwen, also described as a builder, by 1863. Between 1868 and 1871, the classified section of Thom's directories lists an architect named Peter McOwen at the same address.


(1) MS. transcript from Royal Dublin Society minutes of School of Drawing in Architecture admissions and prizewinners (in IAA); Gitta Willemson, The Dublin Society Drawing Schools 1746-1876 (2000), 67.
(2) IAA, Edward McParland files, Acc. 2008/44., & Jones transcripts from classified section of Thom's directories.