Basic Biographical Details

Name: Gustavus Hamilton O'Donoghue (misspelt O'Donnaghue)
Designation: Architect
Bio Notes: Gustavus Hamilton O'Donoghue (who is occasionally incorrectly referred to as G A O'Donnaghue) practised in Glasgow from c.1842. His office was at 43 Renfield Street in the early 1860s, but by 1866 he had moved to 202 Hope Street and in that year he came to London and opened an office at 4 Furnival's Inn. By the following year he had entered into partnership with Henry Edward Kennedy of Bangor and London, with a London address at 1 Adam Street, Adelphi.

O'Donoghue's involvment in the Bangor office is unclear and it would seem that his Glasgow office was maintained. In 1868 Kennedy & O'Donoghue exhibited a design, probably a competition design, for Long Ashton Independent Church.

The partnerhip was dissolved in 1871 after which O'Donoghue appears to have remained in London. Although Frank Worsdall gives O'Donoghue's death date as 1871, RIBA sources indicate he was still practising in 1883

By 1883 when he had a smart West End address at 62 George Street, Portman Square: and by 1886 he had moved office to the City of London at 25 Liverpool Street. The nature of O'Donoghue's London practice is not yet known, as he does not figure in the 'Survey of London.' Note too that these later addresses may not appear as they seem. The trades section of the 1882 Post Office directory lists him at 25 Warwick Street, London but according to the Census Return for 1881 he was merely a lodger at this address.

In early references his name is spelt O'Donnaghue, only after c1866 was the spelling O'Donaghue used.

Private and Business Addresses

The following private or business addresses are associated with this architect:
 AddressTypeDate fromDate toNotes
Item 1 of 743, Renfield Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusinessBefore 1862After 1863 
Item 2 of 7202, Hope Street, Glasgow, ScotlandBusiness1866 *  
Item 3 of 74 Furnival's Inn, Holborn, London, EnglandPrivate/business(?)1866 *  
Item 4 of 71, Adam Street, Adelphi, London, EnglandBusinessc. 1867  
Item 5 of 725, Warwick Street, London, EnglandPrivate/business188118821881 census - lodger at this address
Item 6 of 762, George Street, Portman Square, London, EnglandBusiness1883 *  
Item 7 of 725, Liverpool Street, London, EnglandBusiness1886 *  

* earliest date known from documented sources.

Employment and Training


The following individuals or organisations employed or trained this architect (click on an item to view details):
 NameDate fromDate toPositionNotes
Item 1 of 1Kennedy & O'Donoghue1867c. 1871Partner 

Buildings and Designs

This architect was involved with the following buildings or structures from the date specified (click on an item to view details):
 Date startedBuilding nameTown, district or villageIslandCity or countyCountryNotes
Item 1 of 121843St John the Evangelist Episcopal ChurchCoatbridge LanarkshireScotland 
Item 2 of 12After 1860St John the Evangelist Episcopal ChurchCoatbridge LanarkshireScotlandOctagonal pulpit (apparently with his partner Henry Edward Kennedy)
Item 3 of 121862Lansdowne UP Church  GlasgowScotlandUnsuccessful competition design
Item 4 of 121863Newton Place UP ChurchPartick GlasgowScotlandWas awarded first prize for design
Item 5 of 121865Maxwell Established Church  GlasgowScotland 
Item 6 of 121865St Mary's Established ChurchPartick GlasgowScotland 
Item 7 of 121866Carradale ChurchCarradale ArgyllScotlandDesign exhibited
Item 8 of 121866Design for an episcopal church    Design exhibited
Item 9 of 121867Bangor Infectious Diseases Hospital  BangorWalesFirst premiated competition design with H E Kennedy
Item 10 of 121868Long Ashton Independent ChurchLong Ashton SomersetEnglandCompetition design?
Item 11 of 121871St John the Evangelist Episcopal ChurchCoatbridge LanarkshireScotlandChurch re-fronted with ashlar
Item 12 of 121872Whiteinch Parish ChurchWhiteinch GlasgowScotland 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this architect:
Item 1 of 2Architects Engineers and Building Trades Directory1868Architect's, Engineer's and Building Trades' Directory London, Wyman 
Item 2 of 2British Architectural Library, RIBA2001Directory of British Architects 1834-1914   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this architect:
 SourceArchive NameSource Catalogue No.Notes
Item 1 of 1Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Death year of 1871 given by Frank Worsdall, per research by Iain Paterson - appears to be incorrect