After his father's death he continued to build up the business until it employed on average about 900 men. Contracts included the masonry for the Loop Line railway, Bray Catholic church, the Convent of the Little Sisters of the Poor on the South Circular Road, and Guinness's printing works.
In 1886 Meade was elected a member of Dublin Corporation as alderman for Trinity Ward. He was High Sheriff in 1889 and Lord Mayor in 1891 and 1892 and later represented the Corporation on the commission which was set up to inquire into the causes of the high death rate in Dublin. During the 1890s he was also president of the Dublin Master Builders' Association.
Meade was awarded an honorary LL.D. by Trinity College, Dublin, in 1892 and became a member of the Privy Council for Ireland in 1893. In politics he was a Parnellite Nationalist. He died at home, suddenly, on 14 July 1900 and was buried three days later at Glasnevin Cemetery.
The building was bought by the current owners Mr. & Mrs. Killoran in 1982, and was used as their family home. To generate income to restore the building, they opened a Guest house, called the Lisava House, which later became the Roxford Lodge Hotel.
Over the years they have restored and upgraded the building, while retaining all the original features, to try and make it a very comfortable and memorable experience. The business, to this day, remains under the management and operation of the Killoran family, led by Mr. and Mrs. Killoran themselves. Their familial involvement has endured, ensuring continuity and a strong sense of tradition within the hotel. We do hope that you enjoy your stay and time in Dublin, Ireland.