Sir Robert Smirke (1 October 1780 – 18 April 1867) was an English architect, one of the leaders of Gothic Revival architecture, though he also used other architectural styles. As architect to the Board of Works, he designed several major public buildings, including the main block and facade of the British Museum. He was a pioneer of the use of concrete foundations.
Tim is a fan of Smirke and his work, calling him "a master of subtle stability." His buildings have a higher percentage of hauntings and paranormal activity than other buildings, and can interact in more stable ways with paranormal objects such as Leitner books. After his retirement in 1845, he became involved with various esoteric cults and sects and wanted to design churches. No diocese ever hired him to do so.
He is one of the few people who have worked to study The Entities without being bound to them, cataloging them into a well-known list of fourteen. He appears to have striven for balance between them, and in general prized the concept highly throughout his work.
In The Magnus Archives
Robert Smirke has been mentioned in the following episodes of The Magnus Archives:
- MAG 80: The Librarian
- MAG 104: Sneak Preview
- MAG 111: Family Business
- MAG 138: The Architecture of Fear
Buildings Designed by Smirke
The following buildings completely or partially designed by Smirke have been mentioned in The Magnus Archives:
- Millbank Prison in Millbank, Pimlico, London, on whose ruins the Institute is partially built (MAG 39 and throughout season 2)
- Reform Club in Pall Mall, London (MAG 35)
- St. James' Church (now St. Paul's Church), Hackney, London (MAG 63)
- Covent Garden Theatre (now the Royal Opera House), Covent Garden, Central London (MAG 104)