Can we avoid the unnecessary repetition of pictures please?! My photo account loading is going through the roof!
Just a correction - I presumed the second proposal dates from the 1881 competition on account of the focus placed purely on the Museum. I don't know for sure if that is the case.
Forgot about seeing that design here before, Paul. Clearly the Deanes refined their winning straight-laced classical scheme for a more picturesque ensemble with a busy neo-Palladian air, with which they were more comfortable. The rotundas are given far more prominence second time around too.
One smart little improvement made as part of the upgrading works to the paving outside Leinster House a year or two ago was the installation of LED uplighters at the base of every railing pier. An uncharacteristically well-considered lighting scheme that works to perfection.
And all of them still work - shock!
Two little rows of dazzling bright blue-white LEDs in each unit.
The Garda in the huts used to upset the entire apple cart by placing a stand hosting a sign directly on top of one of the central lamps. I used to be itching to tell them to open their feckin eyes, but thankfully some enlightened individual has since noted that such people cannot be trusted, and have ditched it, thus also preventing my arrest.
One of the entrance pavilions. The lanterns not working of course.
While Leinster House as dismal as ever.
The main body of the house in darkness, the column uplighters extinguished, random and ineffective floods directed either side of the front door, grubby sodium bulbs in the elegant Edwardian lamp standards - one of them blown - and nasty flooded hotspots to the wings. What a shambles! Indeed, the whole scene would look better if the floods were just turned off, with glimmers of light from the windows and behind the colonnades. This infuriating mess has been allowed continue for years now - does anybody
in control open their eyes anymore?
The street elevations of the Museum and Library are also crying out for imaginative illumination, especially on such a gloomy street as Kildare Street where they would have spectacular impact. There's so much theatrical potential with their complex array of applied elements, basement wells, recesses and balustrades.
Fully agreed Peter that the landscaping should be reinstated. Not only does the above drawing depict that typical circular scheme, but photographs also prove that it was installed. The greatest crime though, as mentioned, are the truly shameful barricades that were erected in front of the Museum and Library colonnades. Yes, the mob can get angry - especially now - but why on earth is closing all the Kildare Street gates not sufficient? And not only are the installed railings riduclously over-engineered, they also replaced pretty, low wrought iron or steel railings that were probably put in in the 1920s (picture soon).
All just typical of the incremental alterations that so destroy the integrity of public, commercial and institutional buildings the world over. Not that this should be used as an excuse; we don't need bells n whistles once-in-a-century restoration schemes to effect change over matters such a these. Why can't we have incremental improvement works?