Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Engineer and architect, of Dublin.  According to the 1911 census, William Cranwill Wilson was born in Adare, Co. Limerick, in 1853 or 1854.   He was educated at the Wesleyan School, Dublin, and attended the Metropolitan School of Art. He was a pupil of JAMES RAWSON CARROLL  JAMES RAWSON CARROLL for five years and then spent a further seven years as Carroll's assistant. He next joined the staff of the Commissioners of Irish Lights under WILLIAM DOUGLASS. H WILLIAM DOUGLASS. H is tasks included the preparation of plans for the Bull Rock lighthouse. From 1888 he assisted JOHN CHALONER SMITH  JOHN CHALONER SMITH on the City of Dublin Junction Railway between the Amiens Street and Westland Row railway termini; it was he who was reponsible for designing the Doric masonry supports for the viaduct which carries the line across the Liffey. In 1889 he joined the engineering staff of Dublin Corporation, eventually holding the position of engineer to the city's estates and finance committee. With SPENCER HARTY  SPENCER HARTY he designed the corporation's Fish and Vegetable markets, opened in 1892.  In 1905 he applied unsuccessfully for the post of City Architect.(1) His employers in the corporation appear to have recognized his artistic bent;   when Sir Charles Cameron was presented with the freedom of the city in 1911, it was Wilson who designed the bronze and Irish marble casket which contained the certificate.(2) He died in the autumn of 1918, survived by his English-born wife, Helene, whom he had married circa 1893, and their daughter, Winefred.(3)

ICEI: elected associate member, 6 December 1905.(3)
RIAI:  proposed for membership, September 1899, by CHARLES JAMES MCCARTHY  CHARLES JAMES MCCARTHY and GEORGE COPPINGER ASHLIN GEORGE COPPINGER ASHLIN , seconded by JOHN HOWARD PENTLAND JOHN HOWARD PENTLAND , WILLIAM HENRY BYRNE  WILLIAM HENRY BYRNE and LAURENCE ALOYSIUS MCDONNELL LAURENCE ALOYSIUS MCDONNELL , but not passed.

Address: 5 St James's Terrace, Malahide, <=1896->=1911.

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References

All information in this entry not otherwise accounted for is from IAA, RIAI office archives (Acc. 93/136), membership forms 1878-1909 (extremely fragile), ICEI membership applications, III, 225, and from the obituary of Wilson in IB 60, 12 October 1918, 401.

(1) Irish Times, 5 Dec 1893.
(2) Information formerly available on http://indigo.ie/~kfinlay/cameron/cameron8.htm (page no longer available in 2008).
(3) TICEI 33 (1905-1906), ?.


4 work entries listed in chronological order for WILSON, WILLIAM CRANWILL


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Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, LIFFEY VIADUCT
Date: 1884p
Nature: WCW 'designed the handsome masonry supports which carry the Loop Line viaduct and harmonise so excellently with the graceful outlines of Gandon's Custom House'.
Refs: Obituary in IB 60, 12 Oct 1918, 401

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, ARRAN STREET EAST (& MARY'S LANE), FISH & VEGETABLE MARKET
Date: 1890
Nature: Designed new market with Spencer Harty. Contractor: Wm. Connolly & Son.
Refs: IAA, PKS B23/02; IB 34, 15 Dec 1892, 262; obituary in IB 60, 12 Oct 1918, 401

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, KING STREET SOUTH, NO. 027 (S.T. ROBINSON)
Date: 1906
Nature: New premises (motor garage), for S.T. Robinson
Refs: IB 48, 3 Nov 1906, 888

Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, LORD EDWARD STREET, NO. 021-25 (MUNICIPAL BUILDINGS) (PROPOSED)
Date: 1913
Nature: Competition entrant; his designs 'a very strikingly fine example of happy architectural composition'.
Refs: Obituary of WCW in IB 60, 12 Oct 1918, 401