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    Paul Clerkin
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    A scheme that I hadn’t seen before for new council offices –
    1913 – Winning Design
    Architects Macdonnell & Reid

    #802725

    Paul Clerkin
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    Actually I’m wrong in that I have seen it before because it’s on here 😉
    http://ireland.archiseek.com/buildings_ireland/dublin/southcity/quays/wood/corporation_proposal2_lge.html

    #802726

    Anonymous

    A good lot of Edwardian pomp and (restrained) swagger there – another victim of WWI? Actually, it’s position on a narrow street would have made it very difficult to see properly, but the tower would have been a nice counterfoil to Christchurch, the kind of effect we’ve forgotten how to do. The illustration seems to take little account of the westward slope of the street; were they going to level it?

    #802727

    Anonymous

    Hey johnglas, this looks like some of your lot marching up Lord Edward Street about 1900.

    The background is very faint, but I’m pretty sure it’s Lord Edward Street looking down towards Dame Street before the north side (or possibly either side) had been developed.

    #802728

    Anonymous

    Yes it definitely is – great shot.

    Given this particular site (or rather part of it) wasn’t finally developed until the late 1920s, it seems this proposal lingered around for quite a while. There’s quite an incline johnglas with the basement if you look closely – what a dull frontage at street level though as a result. An elegant facade but what a spectacularly ugly tower.

    Nonetheless Mr McDonnell still got his way elsewhere in the capital some may have noticed.

    Recognise anyone? 😉

    Talk about copying and pasting.

    It is of course his bank building at the corner of O’Connell Street and Middle Abbey Street of 1917.

    Other trademark features include elaborate fluted Ionic columns employed in a double height fashion across the facade, ebullient heavy cornice, and a sparse attic storey.

    A hint of what the Edwardian(ish) interior may have been like…

    #802729

    Anonymous

    GrahamH: great shots of the O’Connell St place; I still think they smoothed out the LE St slope a bit. I like the tower – over the top, but it was good enough for Vanbrugh (cf. Blenheim, etc.).
    gunter triumphs as usual, but they’re about 6 pipers and several drummers short of a band – economies in c.1900 as well?

    #802730

    Anonymous

    Oh the cupola is pleasant, but the shaft – not quite…

    Another view of the area from around 1930. The northern side has been long developed, but the southern side remains empty except for the 1927 current HSE centre (behind the white Newcomen Bank), the tall and lonely solitary Victorian built on the street (its incongruity still evident to this day), and the remarkably narrow 1910ish terrace to the west.

    I’ve never quite understood how this thoroughfare developed though – did the nasty 1990s infill along here and the 1980s hostel just fill the above vacant sites? And if so, how is it that a short street laid out in the 1880s in the very heart of the city only came to be completed over a century later?

    The Civic Offices area to the top of the picture is nothing short of a forgotton world…

    #802731

    Anonymous

    Thats an amazing view of that area. It really is absolutely staggering what we destroyed.

    #802732

    Anonymous

    Agreed reddy, but you can’t unscramble an omelette; however, I’ve long thought that some kind of building just north of Christchurch, between it and the Civic Offices, would redress the balance. The views of the old quarter above give a strong hint as to scale. The idea of surrounding public buildings with meaningless open space just to give ‘views’ is very 20th C with little historical precedent.

    #802733

    Anonymous

    The former Labour Exhange on Lord Edward Street is a little-known example of civic architecture of the early 20th century, built by the Office of Public Works in 1915. It is very much in the style of the then-being-completed Royal College of Science on Merrion Street, and was designed by Harold Leask (later to become Inspector of National Monuments) and Martin Joseph Burke (later to become Assistant Principal Architect for the OPW during the War).

    It has just been cleaned and fully refurbished. The usual application for setback storeys was refused. Hopefully that scaffold rail is coming down.

    The building’s distinctly flat and somewhat appliqué facade is remarkably similar in composition to that of the newly refaced Buckingham Palace, carried out in 1913. Given Aston Webb’s notions were sloshing around Dublin at the time, perhaps this is no surprise.

    Another Palladian portico features on the Ulster Bank on O’Connell Street of similar date.

    Marching ranks of fenestration.

    Lots of orginal glass survives.

    Unfortunately the secondary glazing is crude and unnecessarily cumbersome. Merely painting the rear of the frames a charcoal shade alone would eliminate this.

    The granite is now glistening – beautiful texture at ground floor level when coupled with the deep chanelling.

    The entrance door was more than likely intended to have a date stamp carved into it.

    One of the side entrances.

    #802734

    Anonymous

    The ground floor also features metal windows, probably steel, an indication of the modernity of this building. Indeed the entire structure is probably of steel.

    It is of some concern that the scaffolding has just come down yet already there’s rust appearing through the new paint on some of these frames.

    The wonderfully expressive main entrance.

    Otherwise, the building is completely gutted interior-wise – it appears nothing of substance had survived before the renovation got underway. Chic plaster slab ceilings and walls now predominate. Indeed given the building’s original purpose, it’s likely it was a pretty sparse fitout to begin with.

    The new tongue-in-cheek rear.

    A few public domain works wouldn’t go amiss.

    The glazed corner insert to the side elevation, while perfectly valid, is poorly detailed.

    It also compares unfavourably with the texture elsewhere here.

    Alas I’ve no pictures of the building before it was cleaned, but the difference is startling. I’ve heard a couple of people commenting on it, having never noticed it before. It catches the morning sun very well.

    #802735

    admin
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    Scrubbed up very well; I remember this being sold in 2004 for what seemed like a reasonable sum.

    It is amazing that a leisure use wasn’t preferred at this location given the quality of the facade it would look great on last minute.

    #802736

    Paul Clerkin
    Keymaster

    Before cleanup

    #802737

    Anonymous

    @grahamh wrote:

    I like that little shopfront that was put in at the side. Reminds me of the way a traditional dwelling might have been altered for a shop, with just the bare essentials of a window, door & fascia …….. actually there’s an example round the corner at Fishamble St / Essex St cnr. building.

    #802738

    Paul Clerkin
    Keymaster

    Two more schemes from the 1913 Municipal Offices comp


    2nd Place – Frederick Hicks


    3rd Place – O’Callaghan & Webb

    #802739

    Anonymous

    The third placed entry has a certain grace and beauty to it, though what has happened to the former Newcomen Bank (Dublin City Council Rates Office)!

    #802740

    Paul Clerkin
    Keymaster

    That design seems to propose the rebuilding of the facade to Lord Edward Street.

    #802741

    Anonymous

    though what has happened to the former Newcomen Bank

    Subtly altered, it’s the left-hand bookend, or pavilion if you like; context,context, context.

    #802742

    Anonymous

    O’Callaghan & Webb’s proposal is definitely the more elegant of the two, with its elegant saucer dome reminicent of the graceful public buildings of 19th century Europe.

    (here Castle Ploskovice, a private mansion)

    Surely a feature that could never be appreciated though?

    Hicks’ proposed pilastered facades are extremely elegant (and a welcome introduction to Dublin which is devoid of that particular design feature on a large scale), but sadly let down by a crude resolution of the upper storey and roofline. The join with Newcomen is a disaster!

    #802743

    Anonymous

    @grahamh wrote:

    O’Callaghan & Webb’s proposal is definitely the more elegant of the two, with its elegant saucer dome reminicent of the graceful public buildings of 19th century Europe.

    Surely it’s the most elegant of the three proposals, not just the two runners up.

    I always find the variation in people’s tastes amazing. How people thought that the winning proposal by MacDonnell & Reid, shown in the opening post on this thread, was superior to the third placed design by O’Callaghan & Webb is beyond me. If it was because of the alteration to the Newcomen bank, I would have quite easily accepted such a change if it meant having such an elegant design on Lord Edward Street.

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    Paul Clerkin
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    A scheme that I hadn’t seen before for new council offices –
    1913 – Winning Design
    Architects Macdonnell & Reid

    #802725

    Paul Clerkin
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    Actually I’m wrong in that I have seen it before because it’s on here 😉
    http://ireland.archiseek.com/buildings_ireland/dublin/southcity/quays/wood/corporation_proposal2_lge.html

    #802726

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    A good lot of Edwardian pomp and (restrained) swagger there – another victim of WWI? Actually, it’s position on a narrow street would have made it very difficult to see properly, but the tower would have been a nice counterfoil to Christchurch, the kind of effect we’ve forgotten how to do. The illustration seems to take little account of the westward slope of the street; were they going to level it?

    #802727

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    Hey johnglas, this looks like some of your lot marching up Lord Edward Street about 1900.

    The background is very faint, but I’m pretty sure it’s Lord Edward Street looking down towards Dame Street before the north side (or possibly either side) had been developed.

    #802728

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    Yes it definitely is – great shot.

    Given this particular site (or rather part of it) wasn’t finally developed until the late 1920s, it seems this proposal lingered around for quite a while. There’s quite an incline johnglas with the basement if you look closely – what a dull frontage at street level though as a result. An elegant facade but what a spectacularly ugly tower.

    Nonetheless Mr McDonnell still got his way elsewhere in the capital some may have noticed.

    Recognise anyone? 😉

    Talk about copying and pasting.

    It is of course his bank building at the corner of O’Connell Street and Middle Abbey Street of 1917.

    Other trademark features include elaborate fluted Ionic columns employed in a double height fashion across the facade, ebullient heavy cornice, and a sparse attic storey.

    A hint of what the Edwardian(ish) interior may have been like…

    #802729

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    GrahamH: great shots of the O’Connell St place; I still think they smoothed out the LE St slope a bit. I like the tower – over the top, but it was good enough for Vanbrugh (cf. Blenheim, etc.).
    gunter triumphs as usual, but they’re about 6 pipers and several drummers short of a band – economies in c.1900 as well?

    #802730

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    Oh the cupola is pleasant, but the shaft – not quite…

    Another view of the area from around 1930. The northern side has been long developed, but the southern side remains empty except for the 1927 current HSE centre (behind the white Newcomen Bank), the tall and lonely solitary Victorian built on the street (its incongruity still evident to this day), and the remarkably narrow 1910ish terrace to the west.

    I’ve never quite understood how this thoroughfare developed though – did the nasty 1990s infill along here and the 1980s hostel just fill the above vacant sites? And if so, how is it that a short street laid out in the 1880s in the very heart of the city only came to be completed over a century later?

    The Civic Offices area to the top of the picture is nothing short of a forgotton world…

    #802731

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    Thats an amazing view of that area. It really is absolutely staggering what we destroyed.

    #802732

    Anonymous
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    Agreed reddy, but you can’t unscramble an omelette; however, I’ve long thought that some kind of building just north of Christchurch, between it and the Civic Offices, would redress the balance. The views of the old quarter above give a strong hint as to scale. The idea of surrounding public buildings with meaningless open space just to give ‘views’ is very 20th C with little historical precedent.

    #802733

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    The former Labour Exhange on Lord Edward Street is a little-known example of civic architecture of the early 20th century, built by the Office of Public Works in 1915. It is very much in the style of the then-being-completed Royal College of Science on Merrion Street, and was designed by Harold Leask (later to become Inspector of National Monuments) and Martin Joseph Burke (later to become Assistant Principal Architect for the OPW during the War).

    It has just been cleaned and fully refurbished. The usual application for setback storeys was refused. Hopefully that scaffold rail is coming down.

    The building’s distinctly flat and somewhat appliqué facade is remarkably similar in composition to that of the newly refaced Buckingham Palace, carried out in 1913. Given Aston Webb’s notions were sloshing around Dublin at the time, perhaps this is no surprise.

    Another Palladian portico features on the Ulster Bank on O’Connell Street of similar date.

    Marching ranks of fenestration.

    Lots of orginal glass survives.

    Unfortunately the secondary glazing is crude and unnecessarily cumbersome. Merely painting the rear of the frames a charcoal shade alone would eliminate this.

    The granite is now glistening – beautiful texture at ground floor level when coupled with the deep chanelling.

    The entrance door was more than likely intended to have a date stamp carved into it.

    One of the side entrances.

    #802734

    Anonymous
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    The ground floor also features metal windows, probably steel, an indication of the modernity of this building. Indeed the entire structure is probably of steel.

    It is of some concern that the scaffolding has just come down yet already there’s rust appearing through the new paint on some of these frames.

    The wonderfully expressive main entrance.

    Otherwise, the building is completely gutted interior-wise – it appears nothing of substance had survived before the renovation got underway. Chic plaster slab ceilings and walls now predominate. Indeed given the building’s original purpose, it’s likely it was a pretty sparse fitout to begin with.

    The new tongue-in-cheek rear.

    A few public domain works wouldn’t go amiss.

    The glazed corner insert to the side elevation, while perfectly valid, is poorly detailed.

    It also compares unfavourably with the texture elsewhere here.

    Alas I’ve no pictures of the building before it was cleaned, but the difference is startling. I’ve heard a couple of people commenting on it, having never noticed it before. It catches the morning sun very well.

    #802735

    admin
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    Scrubbed up very well; I remember this being sold in 2004 for what seemed like a reasonable sum.

    It is amazing that a leisure use wasn’t preferred at this location given the quality of the facade it would look great on last minute.

    #802736

    Paul Clerkin
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    Before cleanup

    #802737

    Anonymous
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    @grahamh wrote:

    I like that little shopfront that was put in at the side. Reminds me of the way a traditional dwelling might have been altered for a shop, with just the bare essentials of a window, door & fascia …….. actually there’s an example round the corner at Fishamble St / Essex St cnr. building.

    #802738

    Paul Clerkin
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    Two more schemes from the 1913 Municipal Offices comp


    2nd Place – Frederick Hicks


    3rd Place – O’Callaghan & Webb

    #802739

    Anonymous
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    The third placed entry has a certain grace and beauty to it, though what has happened to the former Newcomen Bank (Dublin City Council Rates Office)!

    #802740

    Paul Clerkin
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    That design seems to propose the rebuilding of the facade to Lord Edward Street.

    #802741

    Anonymous
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    though what has happened to the former Newcomen Bank

    Subtly altered, it’s the left-hand bookend, or pavilion if you like; context,context, context.

    #802742

    Anonymous
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    O’Callaghan & Webb’s proposal is definitely the more elegant of the two, with its elegant saucer dome reminicent of the graceful public buildings of 19th century Europe.

    (here Castle Ploskovice, a private mansion)

    Surely a feature that could never be appreciated though?

    Hicks’ proposed pilastered facades are extremely elegant (and a welcome introduction to Dublin which is devoid of that particular design feature on a large scale), but sadly let down by a crude resolution of the upper storey and roofline. The join with Newcomen is a disaster!

    #802743

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    @grahamh wrote:

    O’Callaghan & Webb’s proposal is definitely the more elegant of the two, with its elegant saucer dome reminicent of the graceful public buildings of 19th century Europe.

    Surely it’s the most elegant of the three proposals, not just the two runners up.

    I always find the variation in people’s tastes amazing. How people thought that the winning proposal by MacDonnell & Reid, shown in the opening post on this thread, was superior to the third placed design by O’Callaghan & Webb is beyond me. If it was because of the alteration to the Newcomen bank, I would have quite easily accepted such a change if it meant having such an elegant design on Lord Edward Street.

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