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1962 – Bord Failte, Baggot Street, Dublin

Architect: Scott Tallon Walker

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Designed to cost as little as possible, the headquarters of Bord Failte (Irish Tourist Board) occupies a very important site at the Baggot Street crossing of the Grand Canal. Designed by Robin Walker of what was then Michael Scott and Partners, the building has a very functional appearance with its exposed concrete structure and brick infill panels.

Completed at a cost of £50,000, soon after Walker’s return from Chicago, where he had studied under Mies van der Rohe. Grim, and foreboding, it hardly creates the image of Ireland of the thousand welcomes.