Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Builder and architect, of Dublin. Robinson Carolin was the elder brother of JOHN CAROLIN  JOHN CAROLIN and perhaps a younger brother of CHARLES CAROLIN CHARLES CAROLIN . He won premiums in the Dublin Society's school of architectural drawing in 1813 and 1814.(1) At about the same time he appears to have worked at Carton, Co. Kildare, probably as a draughtsman for FRANCIS JOHNSTON FRANCIS JOHNSTON , as there is a signed plan of the ground floor by him on paper watermarked either 1813 or 1815 among several drawings relating to Carton in the Murray Collection.(2) He was admitted a freeman of the City of Dublin by virtue of birth at Midsummer 1820 as a member of the Carpenters' Guild.(3) In 1825 he submitted a design for the Royal College of Surgeons on St Stephen's Green, which was passed over in favour of one by WILLIAM MURRAY. WILLIAM MURRAY. (4) Subsequently he figures as a builder rather than an architect. He died on 26 November 1878, aged eighty-five, and was buried in Mount Jerome cemetery.(5)  He died intestate, leaving assets amounting to £200,000.(6)

Addresses:(7) Work: 'timber merchant', 10 Burgh Quay, 1839; 9 Burgh Quay, 1841; 'builder', 22 D'Olier Street, <=1844->=1853; (as C.,R. & J.. Carolin, builders and timber merchants) Abbey Street Lower, 1841; 40 Abbey Street Lower, 1844; 14-16 Abbey Street Lower, 1847; (as Robinson & John Carolin) 14-16 Abbey Street Lower, <=1853 >=1875.
Home: 40 Lansdowne Rd, <=1857->=1875.


(1) Royal Dublin Society Proceedings, 49,50.
(2) Murray Collection, no. 140.
(3) 'An alphabetical list of the Freemen of the City of Dublin, 1774-1824', The Irish Ancestor XV (1983), Nos. 1 & 2, 36.
(4) Murray Collection Catalogue, 239.
(5) Inscription on tomb in Mount Jerome cemetery.
(6) Irish Times, 29 Jun 1880, 3.
(7) From Wilson's, Pettigrew & Oulton's, Post Office and Thom's directories.