Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of London, specializing in the design of prisons and asylums, for whom see Howard Colvin, A Biographical dictionary of British architects 1600-1840 (3rd edn., 1995), 124. In 1817 Bevans and FRANCIS JOHNSTON  FRANCIS JOHNSTON were invited by the Commissioners of Asylums for the Lunatic Poor to prepare plans for the series of lunatic asylums which the Government intended to erect in Ireland: each man submitted two designs, one for an asylum for 100 inmates and another for 150 inmates. Johnston's plan for an 100-inmate asylum was the one preferred by the Commissioners, but Johnston thought that ideas from all four designs could be incorporated in different asylums as the location directed. Bevans protested at the way in which his plans were going to be made use of by Johnston and claimed a fee of £642; however he was offered only £150.(1) He was paid for his two designs in 1818.(2)


(1) Minutes of Commissioners for General Control..and for Superintending…the Erection…of Asylums for the Lunatic Poor, 25 Sep 1817 - Apr 1818 (B.O'D.).
(2) NA/SPO CSORP 1818 (IAA, Edward McParland files, Acc. 2008/44).