Summary Location: Cathedral Square
John Roberts was born in Waterford in 1712, grandson of Thomas Roberts of Wales who settled in the city about 1680. John’s father was a carpenter and builder who built the new goal in Waterford in 1727 as well as supplying water to the Quay in 1724.
As a young man John Roberts studied in London. Among the buildings he designed in Waterford are the two cathedrals, the present City Hall, the old Leper Hospital on John’s Hill and the Chamber of Commerce building in George’s Street originally built as a town house for the Morris family.