Originally posted by Rory W
Now if Arnotts could just sort out their main facade and do away with the prefab look...
I presume you're talking about the loony '60s curtain wall bit to the west of the main facade with its blue & cyan panels - I think it's good & should be kept. Dublin was full of these facades not too long ago, but soon there'll be very few left, so many have been or will be refaced/replaced; Guardian Insurance on Stephen's Green (refaced in granite with a big copper roof), O'Connell Bridge House (made worse), Pelican House (demolished) - and now the Bank of Ireland on Suffolk St (has current planning app for glass facade by Donnelly Turpin), the Department of Justice (recently sold) and Hawkins House (revamp or demolition awaiting).
Most of them were awful of course, but when you see it used here in-scale in a street context it's a harmless bit of 'sixties interest - & the fact that it sits there amidst the main 1894 Arnotts building and the 21st century Roches across the street. I'd be sorry to see it go (which it probably will sooner or later).
Adjoining the '60s bit of Arnotts on the other side is the newly-opened 'Office' shoeshop, which has a marvellously simple white shopfront (though will probably get filthy soon & have to be re-painted a darker colour). The building above is a delicious circa 1900 red brick & yellow terracotta gabled affair, like a minature version of Hodges Figgis on Dawson Street (it's probably by the same architect).