Henry A. Baker

Henry Aaron Baker (1753–1836), was an Irish architect.

Bishops Street Gate, Derry, c.1789

Baker was a student from 1777 to 1779 at the Dublin Society's School of Architectural Drawing under Thomas Ivory. Following Ivory's death, Baker was a pupil of James Gandon, 'and acted as clerk of the works to the buildings designed and chiefly constructed by his master for the Inns of Court, then called the King's Inns, at Dublin'.[1] He was a member of, and for some time secretary to, the Royal Hibernian Academy. In 1787 he was appointed teacher of architecture in the Dublin Society's school, and retained the post till his death. In 1789, he erected the triumphal arch known as Bishop's Gate at Derry, and in 1791, the Spire of Lloyd in Kells, County Meath.[2] In 1802-04, he gained the first prize for a design for converting the Irish parliament house into a bank. The superintendence of that work was given, however, to another architect, Francis Johnston. He died on 7 June 1836.


  1. ^ Stephen, Leslie, ed. (1885). "Baker, Henry Aaron" . Dictionary of National Biography. 3. London: Smith, Elder & Co.
  2. ^ "Baker, Henry Aaron - Works". Dictionary of Irish Architects. Retrieved 10 January 2018.

  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domain"Baker, Henry Aaron". Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co. 1885–1900.