Treasury Building, Lower Grand Canal Street

Treasury Building, Lower Grand Canal Street

Postby phil » Tue Feb 03, 2004 12:30 pm

I wonder would some of you be able to clafify something for me?

From looking at the Treasury Building on Lower Grand Canal Street I cannot figure out if it is a conversion of the old Bolands Bakery into offices or if it was built from scratch. Acording to Frank McDonald's Construction of Dublin (p63), it is a conversion from the old bakery. However, the brick cladding looks relatively new but the stone surrounding the doors and towards the bottom of the building looks old. The drain pipes also look as though they are from the original building. It has successfully fooled me. One part of me thinks it was a total rebuild whilst the other part of me thinks it was a conversion. anyone got any thoughts?

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Postby PVC King » Tue Feb 03, 2004 1:06 pm

It is Dublins first example of a recycled building.

The old Bolands site was vacant for years, the developers (Treasury Holdings) decided that there was no point in knocking a structural hulk of a building and remodeled it instead.

I don't like the cladding materials but the design and the entrance are exceptional for Dublin considering it was designed in 1988 and was occupied in 1990.
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Postby d_d_dallas » Tue Feb 03, 2004 2:26 pm

Total leap of faith in bad bad bad economic times. Have seen photos of the Boland Biscuit Factory b4 it was converted... the essence of the building very recognisable.
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Postby phil » Tue Feb 03, 2004 4:04 pm

So, Diaspora, are you saying it was reclad when the work was done on it?
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Postby PVC King » Tue Feb 03, 2004 4:17 pm

A bit more than a basic reclading, I think they were able to retain the core of the building and foundation and little else.

All the services and floors and lift shafts/fire safety ducts are new.

If you look at what was done with the building at the corner of Tara St and Pearse St it would have been a similar if not more comprehensive undertaking.

The cladding was the easiest part, and although I don't like the stone selected or the window materials. I do concede that the drawings and resulting form is good if not the materials.

It was for its time an exceptional project hwen you think of the other commercial developments of its time. :)
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Postby phil » Tue Feb 03, 2004 7:11 pm

Thanks Diaspora and d-d-Dallas
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Postby emf » Tue Feb 03, 2004 7:36 pm

I lke the sculpture of the person climbing the canal side of the building but I think I read somewhere that it's actually fibre glass. Is this true I wonder?
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