Paul Clerkin wrote:Sir John Summerson was as fair as I know paid for his opinion by the ESB and was ever-so-slightly biased
Only so slightly
Walter Gropius - to his shame - also egged that scheme on
One or two other things I have noticed about the RPS, apart from lacking modern structures:
1 It tends to be dominated by bourgouis streets, where judge so-and-so does not want development near his home and so pushes for an entire street may get listed - meanwhile buildings of merit in a less well-healed area gets overlooked; might this explain the dominance of the southside on the rps?
2 Buildings of historic merit - rather than architectural - are frequently overlooked, particularly on the northside (excuse my chip this morning
). An example of this would be 16 Moore St.
3 There is no consistancy to the RPS; in Donnybrook, Eglinton Road has some of the finest 19th c suburban houses in Dublin and yet the only thing to be listed is the reconstructed St Brocs well in the middle of a 70s housing estate; meanwhile Marlborough Road - also in Donnybrook - which is of far less architectural substance, is listed in full!