Giuseppe Bonavia (1821 – 2 September 1885) was a Maltese draughtsman and architect who was mainly active in the second half of the 19th century. Born in Valletta, he was initially a clerk of works with the Royal Engineers, before becoming the Head of the Civil Service Works Department.
Bonavia designed in a variety of styles, including Gothic Revival and Neoclassical architecture. His signature buildings were those of the 1850s and 1860s. His St. Andrew's Scots Church (1854) was the first Gothic church to be built in Malta, while his masterpiece is La Borsa (Exchange Buildings), which was built in 1857.
- Façade of the Church of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Valletta (1852)
- St. Paul's Church, Birkirkara (1852)
- Stella Maris Church, Sliema (1853)
- St. Andrew's Scots Church, Valletta (1854)
- First Carmelite Church, Balluta (1856)
- La Borsa, Valletta (1857)
- Lija Belvedere Tower (1857)
- Balluta Church (1859)
- Palazzo Ferreria, Valletta (1876)
Bonavia also made plans for the proposed Royal Opera House in 1859, but eventually the building was constructed to designs of the English architect Edward Middleton Barry. The Dragonara Palace in St. Julian's is sometimes also attributed to Bonavia.
- Thake, Conrad (2016). "Giuseppe Bonavia (1821-1885): a Maltese architect with the Royal Engineers". In Charlene Vella (ed.). At Home in Art: Essays in Honour of Mario Buhagiar (PDF). Midsea Books. pp. 431–490. ISBN 9789993275985.
- Thake, Conrad (2016). "Giuseppe Bonavia (1821-1885): a Maltese architect with the Royal Engineers". At Home in Art, Essays in Honour of Mario Buhagiar (PDF). Midsea Books. pp. 431–490.
- Schiavone, Michael J. (2009). Dictionary of Maltese Biographies Vol. 1 A-F. Pietà: Pubblikazzjonijiet Indipendenza. pp. 220–221. ISBN 9789993291329.
- Borg, Malcolm (2001). British Colonial Architecture: Malta, 1800-1900. Publishers Enterprises Group. p. 138. ISBN 9789990903003.
- Agius, Frederica (2014). The Dragonara Palace. A Historic Perspective. Dragonara Gaming Limited. p. 17. ISBN 9789995707187.
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