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Buildings of Ireland

15 April 2013

1938 – St. Colman’s Church, Gort, Co. Galway

Architect: William Hague / Ralph H. Byrne St. Colman’s has been under construction, or at least renovation, for over one hundred years. The original church of 1828 was by either James or George...

24 September 2009

1939 – BBC Bedford House, Belfast

Architect: James Miller Monolithic brick structure on a curved site with some simple brick detailing on stairwells to the rear.

09 June 2010

1939 – Clarence Hotel, Wellington Quay, Dublin

Architect: Bradbury & Evans Fine 1930s hotel which was modernised and extended upwards in the 1990s. In 2007 a Norman Foster designed scheme was proposed that would have meant the demolition of all...

18 February 2010

1939 – Department of Industry and Commerce, Kildare Street, Dublin

Architect: J.R. Boyd Barrett This building was the result of a competition announced in 1935 to design accommodation for new government departments. The state had been using office space scattered all over the...

31 December 2009

1939 – Department of Social Welfare, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

Architect: Office of Public Works Neighbouring the Post Office, the Social Welfare office is more modern in style with some Art Moderne overtones in the stone treatment above the ground-floor windows and doorway....

09 April 2010

1939 – DIT Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin

Architect: Robinson Keefe Built as the College of Domestic Economy for the City of Dublin Vocational Education Committee and now a part of DIT. It has an excellent Art Deco entrance hallway. The...

31 December 2009

1939 – Post Office, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

Architect: Office of Public Works Fine stone post office, part of a streetscape of state buildings including a Garda Station from 1947 and the Social Welfare office from 1939. Well maintained, the building...

31 December 2009

1939 – Ritz Cinema, Athlone, Co. Westmeath

Architect: Michael Scott & Associates The Ritz Cinema in Athlone (1939) is attributed to Scott but was in fact designed by Bill O’Dwyer who was working and studying in the office of Michael...

10 February 2014

1940 – Debenhams, O’Connell Street, Limerick,

A fine corner building, stylistically old-fashioned by the time of its construction. The corner entrance has a a double-height polished limestone surround. The facades feature stepped stylised Doric piers with fluted capitals, rising...