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1912 – Library, Clondalkin, Co. Dublin

Architect: T.J. Byrne

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Far and away the best building in the Clondalkin area, the library of 1912 is a delightful Arts and Crafts design. A mixture of stone, brickwork and render, the buildings horizontal glazing contrasts with the verticality of the buttresses and the short tower. A porch is angled between the main volume of the building and the tower.

The building by T.J. Byrne, who was William Scott’s brother-in-law, resembles a design by C.F. Voysey for a Library in Limerick. Scott was the leading Irish exponent of Arts and Crafts and perhaps Byrne was familiar with Voysey’s design. But this is speculation.

One gable wall has a curious design with a split Diocletian windows – purely decorative as it is a blind, the upstairs room lit by the windows on the front and rear fa├žades. The central portion of the window is projected out onto the chimney stack. Much of the interior is original especially in the upstairs room.