1839 – Former Cork Savings Bank, Cork

Architect: Kearns Deane



The result of an architectural competition held in 1839, the former Cork Savings Bank (now part of Trustee Savings Bank) was designed by the firm of Thomas and Kearns Deane (brothers) but since attributed to Kearns alone. The building main entrance is kept to the riverside elevation allowing the longer façade to maintain an austere strength becoming to a bank. The piano nobile is articulated by the Ionic columns and flanked by two shallow ‘pavilions’ with pilasters and small pediments. Constructed in limestone.

In 1986, Cork Savings Bank merged with Limerick Savings Bank, forming the Cork and Limerick Savings Bank, and later further merged with TSB Dublin, forming the Trustee Savings Bank. In 2001, the Trustee Savings Bank joined the Irish Life & Permanent Group, who at that point rebranded as Permanent TSB. The branch closed in 2012. Acquired by University College Cork, who in December 2018 opened the building as their business school’s “Centre for Executive Education”.