Cuffe Street Flats

Cuffe Street Flats

Postby Tighin » Sun Jan 20, 2013 6:50 pm

I see that Niall Montgomery designed some Corporation flats on Cuffe Street in the 1960s. But who designed the older - 1920s? 1930s? - ones in Art Deco style, and when were they built? What's the main difference (apart from style) between the older flats and the newer?
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Re: Cuffe Street Flats

Postby gunter » Wed Jan 23, 2013 1:20 am

Tighin, I found a photograph of one of the Cuffe Street blocks I think you're talking about published in booklet dated 1933, with the hoarding still up, so I guess they date to 1932/3. This was about the time when Herbert G. Simms took over housing design for the Corpo from Horace T. O'Rourke.

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I think if they were by Simms, who was a proto-modernist, we have heard about it, so they're probably by O'Rourke, who was not a proto-modernist.
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Re: Cuffe Street Flats

Postby GrahamH » Wed Jan 23, 2013 2:06 am

And all the better for it with those fantastic dark-painted windows! Magnificent stuff. Thankfully those manky DCC plastic sashes and bizzare buckled casements only have another few more years' life in them before they snap, melt, disintegrate, slide out, morph into lollipop pink, or all of the above.

Let's get some decent repro goin' on and retrieve one of our 'lost buildings' for a fraction of the cost and a lot less bickering.
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Re: Cuffe Street Flats

Postby Paul Clerkin » Wed Jan 23, 2013 3:03 pm

Block of flats designed by and erected under supervision of Horace T. O'Rourke when acting as Architect for Housing to Dublin corporation. Extended by H.G. Simms c 1937.
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Re: Cuffe Street Flats

Postby Tighin » Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:51 am

Thank you very, very much! That's great!
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Re: Cuffe Street Flats

Postby Paul Clerkin » Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:57 pm

Officially they're on Mercer Street, not Cuffe.
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Re: Cuffe Street Flats

Postby Tighin » Sat Feb 16, 2013 8:17 pm

So would those be what was referred to as Mercer Street Flats?
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Re: Cuffe Street Flats

Postby Paul Clerkin » Sun Feb 17, 2013 4:15 pm

Called Mercer House
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Re: Cuffe Street Flats

Postby Paul Clerkin » Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:48 pm

Nice view of Mercer House from the Green prior to the butchering of Cuffe Street

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