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Grangegorman lives: Francis Johnston

Our series Grangegorman lives begins with Francis Johnston, architect of a number of well-known buildings including the original ‘Richmond Lunatic Asylum’

Francis Johnston (1760/61–1829), was the architect of a number of well-known buildings in Dublin, particularly the GPO but also the original ‘Richmond Lunatic Asylum‘, now the recently recovered ‘Lower House’ of the TU Dublin city campus at Grangegorman. Read more about Johnston and his impact on the architecture of Dublin here

View TU Dublin’s virtual introduction to the recently restored ‘Lower House’.

Grangegorman Lives is a series of biographies of over 60 women and men whose lives influenced or were influenced by Grangegorman. The biographies are all sourced from Ireland’s Dictionary of Irish Biography: Ireland’s national biographical dictionary. Devised, researched, written and edited under the auspices of the Royal Irish Academy, its online edition is freely available at

Article image: by Henry Meyer, after Thomas Clement Thompson stipple engraving, published 1823 NPG D9048© National Portrait Gallery, London.