Renaissance Style Facade, 40 Kevin St. Lr.

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  • #707104

    john white
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    Hi All
    Back from the dead…

    Anybody here know of/ever noticed the Renaissance Style Facade at 40 Kevin St. Lr.?

    It’s extremely beautiful – and that’s coming from one who doesn’t much care for the Renaissance/Classical/mix and match/kit-form of architecture. This is actually very Venetian in feel, especially the lovely windows. I could just imagine it sat on the Grand Canal [Venetian that is!] with “Byron Lived here” stamped on it in Bronze.

    I must try to get into it and have a look around though I suspect from what’s visible at the sides, that it may well have been gutted/demolished at some stage. Perhaps it’s more modern than I think?

    John

  • #742935

    roskav
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    Check out http://www.reddog.ie and click the “studio” button.

  • #742936

    john white
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    Ah yes!

    I looked at their site but missed that. It actually looks a bit like a Venetian Guild Hall [Una Scuola]. So perhaps the meeting house bit means just that. The Venetian Scuole where set up as charitable societies and always had a chapel. My favourite one being the Scuola di San Giorgio della Riva Schiavoni in Venice with its Carpaccio painting cycles. They were Dalmatians. Anyway, the Red Dog site says:

    “The red dog studio is a listed building that was designed originally as a meeting house for the Moravians, a religious order originally from Bohemia, now part of the Czech Republic. It maintains all original features and provides an inspirational environment.”

    Thanks Roskav!
    John
    PS: Where does your interesting name originate?

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    Paul Clerkin
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  • #742938

    john white
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    Thanks Paul,
    I’ll definitely have a look on the way in to work tommorrow,
    john

  • #742939

    roskav
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    My name is partly due to my Russian descent and obfuscation made neccessary by my espionic profession.. ahem

    I have some pics of the chapel attached to the scuola san pascuale in Venice .. where Katie Holten represented Ireland in the Biennale last year… were the venitian charitable societies at least partly secular? The church seems to have historical dominance over most public buildings in Venice.
    http://www.roskavanagh.com -Visual arts -Venice Biennale(Katie Holten)
    Funny .. server seems to be down..

  • #742940

    chewy
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    i noticed it the other day do they have the whole building (andthe little houe beside it) internal pic woud be nice

  • #742941

    Anonymous
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    Originally posted by chewy
    i noticed it the other day do they have the whole building (andthe little houe beside it) internal pic woud be nice

    If you really want to see the interior it is very simple, just ring the bell with a letter to deliver, I once had the pleasure of delivering a report here, the interior is pristine, well worth a view 😀

  • #742942

    Devin
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    Yeah, great building. Used to admire it from the library in Kevin Street DIT during my student days. The lamb and flag in the pediment is the symbol of the Moravians.

    It was under threat of demolition for many many years as part of the ’70s Inner Tangent road widening scheme. Then later when it was deemed worthy of keeping there was a madcap plan to put the whole building on wheels and move it back. But I think this was ditched when they found out how expensive it would be to do that.

    It’s easier to go in and see the inside now that that design company are in it. The tiled toilets downstairs are amazing – a 1900s time capsule. The close-up pic of the tap on the company’s homepage is from there.

  • #742943

    phil
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    Originally posted by Devin

    It was under threat of demolition for many many years as part of the ’70s Inner Tangent road widening scheme. Then later when it was deemed worthy of keeping there was a madcap plan to put the whole building on wheels and move it back. But I think this was ditched when they found out how expensive it would be to do that.

    Stalin did that with on or two of his buildings when he wanted to widen various roads.

  • #742944

    GrahamH
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    There you go!

    Bizzare building, bizarre location, considering the acres of tat around it.

  • #742945

    john white
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    Hi Roskav!
    Very witty. My middle name is actually Ivan [but no Russian ancestry] – perhaps that’s why I was so curious.

    Those photos are beautiful. Venice is my favourite place in the world [so far]. Funny, I’ve never been to the Biennale or that Scuola. Is the Scuola near the public Gardens and La Chiesa di San Francesco Della Vigna [a dull Rennaissance church] in a really lovely quitet area; always there is the sweet sound of birdsong.

    I believe they were always religious in nature – places of worship as well as conference and ceremony etc.

    John

  • #742946

    john white
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    Actually Graham, there is some beautiful architecture around that area but I agree it’s interspersed with much ugly rubbish.

    I just got back from Liverpool – can’t believe the computer-generated amorphous blob that they’re planning to put on the Pier Head alongside the Liver Building and the other 2 ‘Graces’. It’s like Liebeskind gone mad.

    I admire Liebeskind but frankly, I’m worried about the further ruination of Dun Laoghaire – then I go to my birthplace of Liverpool and see the visualisations of what’s about to dominate the skyline there. It’s so utterly out of place/sync/sympathy/scale!

    Anyone else seen it?

  • #742947

    roskav
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    The church is the same all right.. lovely area.. there was a local fete going on also the last time I was there… the dull church is designed by Palladio no less!
    Kind of agree though.

  • #742948

    roskav
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    The church is the same all right.. lovely area.. there was a local fete going on also the last time I was there… the dull church is designed by Palladio no less!
    Kind of agree though.

  • #742949

    john white
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    Yes that’s right it is Palladio. The Bell tower is the best bit – albeit heavily inspired by the campanile in Piazza San Marco.

    It often confuses people!

    Anyway – for God’s sake don’t get me started on that blooming Palladio…

    Have you ever seen the Barbari Church? Classical style, covered in statues and reliefs glorifying the Barbari family – scenes of naval victories and relief maps displaying their territories etc… on the FACADE no less. As Ruskin said, there is not one SINGLE religious item on it anywhere. Not one crucifix, nothing. Self-deification almost!

    Not by Palladio but of that ilk, only more interesting. Less sort of… anally retentive and stifled but still revolting. Quite amazing really to see that type ego gone mad!

    John

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