1910 – Woolworth’s, Grafton St., Dublin

Architect: O’Callaghan & Webb

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The first F. W. Woolworth store in Ireland opened in 1914 on Grafton Street in Dublin. Eventually spread over three adjacent commercial units. The southernmost was No.101, a solid redbrick building was by Charles H. Asworth. Nos.98 and 99 were part of an elaborate terrace with No.97, designed by O’Callaghan & Webb with oriel windows on two levels with large lunette windows and balconies above. All finished in red brick with a fine balustrade at roof level.

Frank W. Woolworth was one of a number of executives at the New York headquarters who claimed Irish ancestry. They were particularly proud of this opening, along with another in Belfast which opened on 6 November 1915.

Redeveloped in the late 1960 meant the demolition of all three buildings including the fine street-level facade. No.97 stands today as a reminder of the fine Edwardian commercial buildings lost creating a visual hole in the Edwardian streetscape of this part of Grafton Street.

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