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Henry Irwin, an architect of British India was born on 24 January 1841. He is mainly known for his works in Indo-Saracenic style of architecture. He was a member of the Institution of Engineers. He died on 5 August 1922.
Irwin had a younger brother, Benjamin, born 1 November 1842, who became a priest, two sisters, Frances Elizabeth, born 5 February 1848 and Mary Millicent, born 24 March 1850. Two further younger brothers were also born, William John, born 5 February 1852, who died at the age of ten and Alfred Macdonald Bulteel born 26 December 1853 who was awarded a knighthood (for services in Burma).
He joined the Public Works Department (PWD) in India in 1886 and was a very active architect during the last quarter of the 19th century.
His works include:
- Amba Vilas, the Maharaja's palace in Mysore
- Chennai Central Railway Terminus, Chennai
- Government Museum, Chennai
- Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla
- Law College Buildings, Chennai
- Headquarters of the Madras and Southern Mahratta Railway (now Southern Railway), Chennai
- Madras High Court, Chennai
- Headquarters of the State Bank of Madras (now State Bank of India), Chennai
- The American College, Madurai
- The Hindu Higher Secondary School, Chennai
- Viceregal Lodge, Shimla
- Gaiety Theatre, Shimla
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