John Benson (architect)

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John Benson
Born 1812
Collooney, County Sligo, Ireland
Died 17 October 1874
Brompton, London, England
Nationality Irish
Alma mater Royal Dublin Society School of Architectural Drawing
Occupation Architect
Spouse(s) Mary Clementine Pyne (m. 1849)
Projects Restoration of Markree Castle in Collooney
Design Main pavilion for the Great Industrial Exhibition in Dublin, 1853

Sir John Benson ICE (1812 – 17 October 1874) was an Irish architect, born in Collooney, County Sligo.

Early work included the restoration of Markree Castle in Collooney, followed by work as county surveyor for Cork, architect for the 1852 Irish Industrial Exhibition[1] and the Great Industrial Exhibition (1853).

He was knighted for his work at the 1853 exhibition, and was a member of Institution of Civil Engineers. He was engineer and architect for the Cork and Macroom Direct Railway. He also supervised the refurbishment of the Theatre Royal, Cork in the 1860s.


  1. ^ "Crawford Art Gallery, Cork City, Ireland". Retrieved 17 March 2012. 

 This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainBenson, George Vere (1885). "Benson, John". In Stephen, Leslie. Dictionary of National Biography. 4. London: Smith, Elder & Co.