Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Architect, of Dublin, active from 1831 or earlier until 1842 or later. Smith was a drawing clerk in the architect's office of the Board of Public Works in 1831 and 1832.(1) He exhibited at the Royal Hibernian Academy between 1833 and 1840: female portraits in 1833 and 1834 were followed by a series of architectural designs, for public baths (1835, no. 276), a theatre (1837, no. 217), a Gothic church (1838, no. 195), a church (1840, no. 324), a public building (1840, no. 325) and a court house (1840, no. 347).(2) In 1842 he applied unsuccessfully to succeed GEORGE PAPWORTH  GEORGE PAPWORTH as master of the Royal Dublin Society's School of Drawing in Architecture.(3) He ceased to be an associate of the RIAI after 1845.

In the Office of Public Works Drawings Collection in the National Archives there is a design for a neo-classical gateway and guard room with cells above it for Ship Street Barracks, which bears four dated signatures. 'Samuel Smith, junior' signed the drawing on 31 December 1847.

RIAI: recommended for admission as associate by WILLIAM MURRAY WILLIAM MURRAY , GEORGE PAPWORTH  GEORGE PAPWORTH and JOHN THOMAS PAPWORTH JOHN THOMAS PAPWORTH , 4 February 1840;(4) elected associate by 1842; no longer listed as associate after 1845.(5)
GLFI: member of Lodge 6 (Dublin) exalted in RAC 6, 20 April 1836.(6)

Addresses: Nassau Street, 1833-1835;(7) 10 Dunville, Ranelagh, 1836;(8) 72 Lower Gardiner Street, 1837-1840;(9) Sandymount Strand, Dublin, 1840.(10)


(1) Board of Works minutes, 19 Jul 1831 and 25 Jan 1832 (IAA, Edward McParland files, Acc. 2008/44).
(2) RHA Index, III, 162.
(3) Royal Dublin Society proceedings, 78/128 (IAA, Edward McParland files, Acc. 2008/44).
(4) Signed and dated letter of recommendation in RIAI archives (photograph and transcript in Jones file).
(5) Jones transcripts from Pettigrew & Oulton's and Thom's directories.
(6) Records of Lodge 6 in GLFI archives, Molesworth St, Dublin.
(7) See note 2, above.
(8) See note 6, above.
(9) See note 2, above.
(10) See note 4, above.