lord edward street, dublin

lord edward street, dublin

Postby Paul Clerkin » Fri Aug 15, 2008 8:09 pm

A scheme that I hadn't seen before for new council offices -
1913 - Winning Design
Architects Macdonnell & Reid

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Re: lord edward street, dublin

Postby Paul Clerkin » Fri Aug 15, 2008 8:52 pm

Actually I'm wrong in that I have seen it before because it's on here ;)
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Re: lord edward street, dublin

Postby johnglas » Fri Aug 15, 2008 10:44 pm

A good lot of Edwardian pomp and (restrained) swagger there - another victim of WWI? Actually, it's position on a narrow street would have made it very difficult to see properly, but the tower would have been a nice counterfoil to Christchurch, the kind of effect we've forgotten how to do. The illustration seems to take little account of the westward slope of the street; were they going to level it?
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Re: lord edward street, dublin

Postby gunter » Sat Aug 16, 2008 12:10 am

Hey johnglas, this looks like some of your lot marching up Lord Edward Street about 1900.

The background is very faint, but I'm pretty sure it's Lord Edward Street looking down towards Dame Street before the north side (or possibly either side) had been developed.

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Re: lord edward street, dublin

Postby GrahamH » Sat Aug 16, 2008 12:12 am

Yes it definitely is - great shot.

Given this particular site (or rather part of it) wasn't finally developed until the late 1920s, it seems this proposal lingered around for quite a while. There's quite an incline johnglas with the basement if you look closely - what a dull frontage at street level though as a result. An elegant facade but what a spectacularly ugly tower.


Nonetheless Mr McDonnell still got his way elsewhere in the capital some may have noticed.

Recognise anyone? ;)

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Talk about copying and pasting.

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It is of course his bank building at the corner of O'Connell Street and Middle Abbey Street of 1917.

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Other trademark features include elaborate fluted Ionic columns employed in a double height fashion across the facade, ebullient heavy cornice, and a sparse attic storey.

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A hint of what the Edwardian(ish) interior may have been like...

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Re: lord edward street, dublin

Postby johnglas » Sat Aug 16, 2008 1:14 am

GrahamH: great shots of the O'Connell St place; I still think they smoothed out the LE St slope a bit. I like the tower - over the top, but it was good enough for Vanbrugh (cf. Blenheim, etc.).
gunter triumphs as usual, but they're about 6 pipers and several drummers short of a band - economies in c.1900 as well?
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Re: lord edward street, dublin

Postby GrahamH » Sat Aug 16, 2008 2:02 am

Oh the cupola is pleasant, but the shaft - not quite...

Another view of the area from around 1930. The northern side has been long developed, but the southern side remains empty except for the 1927 current HSE centre (behind the white Newcomen Bank), the tall and lonely solitary Victorian built on the street (its incongruity still evident to this day), and the remarkably narrow 1910ish terrace to the west.

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I've never quite understood how this thoroughfare developed though - did the nasty 1990s infill along here and the 1980s hostel just fill the above vacant sites? And if so, how is it that a short street laid out in the 1880s in the very heart of the city only came to be completed over a century later?

The Civic Offices area to the top of the picture is nothing short of a forgotton world...
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Re: lord edward street, dublin

Postby reddy » Mon Aug 18, 2008 9:01 am

Thats an amazing view of that area. It really is absolutely staggering what we destroyed.
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Re: lord edward street, dublin

Postby johnglas » Mon Aug 18, 2008 11:55 am

Agreed reddy, but you can't unscramble an omelette; however, I've long thought that some kind of building just north of Christchurch, between it and the Civic Offices, would redress the balance. The views of the old quarter above give a strong hint as to scale. The idea of surrounding public buildings with meaningless open space just to give 'views' is very 20th C with little historical precedent.
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Re: lord edward street, dublin

Postby GrahamH » Sat Aug 23, 2008 5:37 pm

The former Labour Exhange on Lord Edward Street is a little-known example of civic architecture of the early 20th century, built by the Office of Public Works in 1915. It is very much in the style of the then-being-completed Royal College of Science on Merrion Street, and was designed by Harold Leask (later to become Inspector of National Monuments) and Martin Joseph Burke (later to become Assistant Principal Architect for the OPW during the War).

It has just been cleaned and fully refurbished. The usual application for setback storeys was refused. Hopefully that scaffold rail is coming down.

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The building's distinctly flat and somewhat appliqué facade is remarkably similar in composition to that of the newly refaced Buckingham Palace, carried out in 1913. Given Aston Webb's notions were sloshing around Dublin at the time, perhaps this is no surprise.

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Another Palladian portico features on the Ulster Bank on O'Connell Street of similar date.

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Marching ranks of fenestration.

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Lots of orginal glass survives.

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Unfortunately the secondary glazing is crude and unnecessarily cumbersome. Merely painting the rear of the frames a charcoal shade alone would eliminate this.

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The granite is now glistening - beautiful texture at ground floor level when coupled with the deep chanelling.

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The entrance door was more than likely intended to have a date stamp carved into it.

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One of the side entrances.

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Re: lord edward street, dublin

Postby GrahamH » Sat Aug 23, 2008 5:41 pm

The ground floor also features metal windows, probably steel, an indication of the modernity of this building. Indeed the entire structure is probably of steel.

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It is of some concern that the scaffolding has just come down yet already there's rust appearing through the new paint on some of these frames.

The wonderfully expressive main entrance.

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Otherwise, the building is completely gutted interior-wise - it appears nothing of substance had survived before the renovation got underway. Chic plaster slab ceilings and walls now predominate. Indeed given the building's original purpose, it's likely it was a pretty sparse fitout to begin with.

The new tongue-in-cheek rear.

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A few public domain works wouldn't go amiss.

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The glazed corner insert to the side elevation, while perfectly valid, is poorly detailed.

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It also compares unfavourably with the texture elsewhere here.

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Alas I've no pictures of the building before it was cleaned, but the difference is startling. I've heard a couple of people commenting on it, having never noticed it before. It catches the morning sun very well.

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Re: lord edward street, dublin

Postby PVC King » Wed Aug 27, 2008 9:23 pm

Scrubbed up very well; I remember this being sold in 2004 for what seemed like a reasonable sum.

It is amazing that a leisure use wasn't preferred at this location given the quality of the facade it would look great on last minute.
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Re: lord edward street, dublin

Postby Paul Clerkin » Wed Aug 27, 2008 9:41 pm

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Re: lord edward street, dublin

Postby Devin » Thu Aug 28, 2008 10:30 pm

GrahamH wrote:Image
I like that little shopfront that was put in at the side. Reminds me of the way a traditional dwelling might have been altered for a shop, with just the bare essentials of a window, door & fascia ........ actually there's an example round the corner at Fishamble St / Essex St cnr. building.
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Re: lord edward street, dublin

Postby Paul Clerkin » Tue Mar 24, 2009 9:31 pm

Two more schemes from the 1913 Municipal Offices comp

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2nd Place - Frederick Hicks


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3rd Place - O'Callaghan & Webb
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Re: lord edward street, dublin

Postby kinsella » Tue Mar 24, 2009 9:42 pm

The third placed entry has a certain grace and beauty to it, though what has happened to the former Newcomen Bank (Dublin City Council Rates Office)!
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Re: lord edward street, dublin

Postby Paul Clerkin » Tue Mar 24, 2009 9:44 pm

That design seems to propose the rebuilding of the facade to Lord Edward Street.
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Re: lord edward street, dublin

Postby johnglas » Tue Mar 24, 2009 9:47 pm

though what has happened to the former Newcomen Bank


Subtly altered, it's the left-hand bookend, or pavilion if you like; context,context, context.
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Re: lord edward street, dublin

Postby GrahamH » Tue Mar 24, 2009 11:09 pm

O'Callaghan & Webb's proposal is definitely the more elegant of the two, with its elegant saucer dome reminicent of the graceful public buildings of 19th century Europe.

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(here Castle Ploskovice, a private mansion)

Surely a feature that could never be appreciated though?

Hicks' proposed pilastered facades are extremely elegant (and a welcome introduction to Dublin which is devoid of that particular design feature on a large scale), but sadly let down by a crude resolution of the upper storey and roofline. The join with Newcomen is a disaster!
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Re: lord edward street, dublin

Postby kinsella » Wed Mar 25, 2009 1:04 am

GrahamH wrote:O'Callaghan & Webb's proposal is definitely the more elegant of the two, with its elegant saucer dome reminicent of the graceful public buildings of 19th century Europe.


Surely it's the most elegant of the three proposals, not just the two runners up.

I always find the variation in people's tastes amazing. How people thought that the winning proposal by MacDonnell & Reid, shown in the opening post on this thread, was superior to the third placed design by O'Callaghan & Webb is beyond me. If it was because of the alteration to the Newcomen bank, I would have quite easily accepted such a change if it meant having such an elegant design on Lord Edward Street.
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Re: lord edward street, dublin

Postby GrahamH » Wed Mar 25, 2009 11:33 pm

Fully agreed. In any event, the most important aspect of the Newcomen Bank is that from outside City Hall at the Castle gate, where the two high quality facades present themselves equally to Cork Hill and the once-important Castle Street. The Lord Edward Street elevation, however exposed by the creation of that same street, is secondary. While still important to its composition, its refacing as part of a palatial public building which shapes the character of this important thoroughfare leading from Christchurch is rendered relatively insignificant!

It's amusing to note that such a gradiose public building project is so compromised by way of being shunted eastwards over the Newcomen Bank, purely for the sake of accommodating a single privately owned plot to the west - the site of the 1880s Victorian sliver of a building. The plot after that is vacant! This also highlights the typical lack of vision that so pervaded in Dublin historically, even in the context of the clean-slate opportunity that was the laying out of Lord Edward Street. The potential for a unified composition reaching from Newcomen all the way westwards, wrapping around the corner onto Christchurch Place (originally Fishamble Street) is so obvious its blinding, offering the opportunity to provide a distinguished setting for Christchurch and a dignified entrance to the processional thoroughfare leading to Parnell Square.
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Re: lord edward street, dublin

Postby fergalr » Thu Mar 26, 2009 12:45 pm

The Processional Thoroughfare gets a bit lost roundabouts Charlies, Supermacs and Abrakebabra on Westmoreland St.
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Re: lord edward street, dublin

Postby GrahamH » Mon Nov 23, 2009 11:01 pm

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This remarkable colour photograph of Lord Edward Street, taken in June 1961 by Charles W. Cushman, tells us much about the protracted development of one of the city's most prominent thoroughfares. Nearly eighty years after the laying out of the street, large tracts remain undeveloped (all the lampposts have a brand new shiny coat of silver paint).

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As previously mentioned, the large red brick HSE building to the left, formerly a Carnagie Child Welfare Centre, dates to 1927, and features a magnificent array of metal windows with inward-tilting top lights - all long since replaced with dubious 1980s timber sashes. Beyond that in the distance, the first building to be constructed - one imagines somewhat tentatively - on the new street in 1887 proved to be just a tad premature. Over half a century later and it was still standing on its ownio. To describe it as precarious looking would also be understatement of the (same) century. Indeed, until the 1910s there was absolutely nothing else standing on the south side of the street, so this building must have been quite a spectacle. Perhaps the obligation to build within one year of purchasing a site here had something to do with the slow uptake of plots.

This aerial photograph from around 1930, as posted earlier, shows how the street developed with a fine grain on the south side, and with monolithic, self-contained structures to the north in a manner not unlike the present-day approach to street building.

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Presumably the incredibly narrow terrace at the junction with Christchurch Place came about as a result of the limited acquisition of lands that took place to create Lord Edward Street. Seemingly the bare minimum was compulsorily purchased at this particular location, sufficient to create a 'street wall' and a habitable structure. The narrowest terrace in Dublin?
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Re: lord edward street, dublin

Postby Paul Clerkin » Tue Nov 24, 2009 1:38 am

terrace is a slight misnomer here as it suggests a collection of buildings when in fact it was an institution - an orphanage - The Dublin Working Boy’s Home

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meacupla bollix - you're talking about across the street
I was in that once years ago - ridiculously narrow interior spaces
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Re: lord edward street, dublin

Postby Yixian » Tue Nov 24, 2009 10:31 am

GrahamH wrote:
It has just been cleaned and fully refurbished. The usual application for setback storeys was refused. Hopefully that scaffold rail is coming down.

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Absolutely.. gorgeous..

I wish the infilling around the city centre could be done in this style.
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