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Unbuilt Ireland

04 January 2012

1856 – Design for Wellington Testimonial, Phoenix Park, Dublin

Architect: Sir Robert Smirke “Of all the public monuments hitherto raised in honor of the Duke of Wellington, that of the Citizens of Dublin is, if not the most graceful, at least the...

08 October 2015

1860 – Proposal for St. Andrew’s Church, Andrew St., Dublin

Architect: Lanyon, Lynn and Lanyon More expansive scheme than constructed to replace the church destroyed in a fire in 1860. This illustration appears to show the church (largely as constructed) with schools, hall...

11 March 2014

1861 – Design for SS Peter & Paul Church, Moate, Co. Westmeath

Architect: John Bourke Although the foundation stone was laid in 1861, a disagreement between the architect John Bourke and the parish priest, in effect the client, meant that work stopped. Work began again...

24 March 2014

1861 – Design for Unitarian Church, Dublin

Architect: James Bell Unsuccessful entry in competition to design a new Unitarian Church on St. Stephen’s Green. This entry by was described in The Irish Builder: “the materials proposed to be employed in...

06 May 2014

1861 – St. Mary’s Institute for Catholic Blind Females, Harold’s Cross, Dublin

Architect: Charles Geoghegan Proposal for an asylum for the blind at Harold’s Cross. Described by the architect, Charles Geoghegan as “The entire range of new buildings presents a frontage to the south of...

06 October 2015

1861 – Uncompleted Spire, St John’s Cathedral, Limerick

Architect: Philip Charles Hardwick Uncompleted tower and spire for St John’s Cathedral, Limerick. The spire was later completed, in 1883, to a different design by local architect, M.A. Hennessy. Described in The Dublin...

16 September 2015

1862 – Design for National Bank, College Green, Dublin

Architect: Charles Geoghegan Competition entry for headquarters of the National Bank on College Green. The National Bank was a competitior of the Bank of Ireland opposite and seen very much as a bank...

17 July 2015

1862 – Proposal for College of Physicians, Dublin

Architect: John McCurdy Unsuccessful entrant in competition to design a new College of Physicians on Kildare Street. McCurdy was awarded the sum of fifty pounds for his efforts. “Quoting the substance of our...

12 September 2012

1862 – Unbuilt Design for St. Finn Barre’s Cathedral, Cork

Architect: E.W. Godwin Competition design from the 1862 competition published in The Building News, October 11th 1872. In February 1863, William Burges was declared the winner. His diary records his delight; “Got Cork!”,...