Thomas Cooley (1740-1784)


Cooley settled in Dublin after winning first prize in a competition organised by the city to build a Royal Exchange. This was built and later became City Hall. It is believed that he studied in London, and was a pupil of Robert Mylne who built Blackfriars Bridge over the Thames. In 1775 he was appointed chief architect to the Board of Works. He designed Newgate Gaol in Dublin, and designed several buildings in Armagh including the Archbishop’s Palace, the Library and the Royal School. He designed several country houses also: Caledon, Co Armagh in 1770 and Mount Kennedy Co. Wicklow. Prior to his death, he designed a Public Records Office which was incorporated by James Gandon into his Four Courts.

Latest News

September 22, 2016: Open House Cork looking for volunteers
September 21, 2016: ‘Building Ireland’ return to RTE, September 30
September 21, 2016: Grafton Architects to receive IDI President’s Choice Award

Email Newsletter

Signup to receive email updates of new additions to