Leonard Mahoney (1928-1993) was employed with the Public Works Department from 1952 until 1978, when he retired as Chief Engineer. In that capacity, he was responsible for several important projects, especially in road construction and civil engineering.
The study of Maltese architecture was always foremost in his intellectual pursuits and, on retirement, he devoted a lot of his time and energy to it. His History of Maltese Architecture from Ancient Times up to 1800, rightly considered as the most significant contribution on the subject, was published in 1988.
The present volume, complementary to its predecessor, contains the end result of the author’s lifelong interest, research, findings, intuitions, attributions, critical analysis and appreciation of the built environment of Malta and Gozo.
It is a highly readable and richly illustrated exposition of the fascinating story of architectural and urban development in the Maltese Islands, within the broad context of European cultural heritage and architectural history.