Richard Turner (1798-1881)

Richard Turner (1798-1881) was the most important glasshouse designer in Ireland and was responsible for many of the large glasshouses that were so much a part of fashionable development in Victorian Britain. With Decimus Burton, he was responsible for the design and manufacture of the glasshouses at Kew Gardens and the Winter Gardens at Regent’s Park. His most important work in ireland is the Curvilinear Range at the National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin.

He was also responsible for the Great Exhibition building of 1853 in Dublin as well as the original roof of Broadstone Station (which collapsed). He was involved with the first iron roof to cover a railway terminus in a single span at Lime Street Liverpool. He also submitted an entry for the design of the Crystal Palace in London but his design was rejected as being too costly.