David Bryce (1803-76)
O'Connell Street Dublin
Standard Life Assurance Company
1853 – Former Bank, O’Connell Street, Dublin
Architect: David Bryce
Built for Standard Life Assurance, the former National Irish branch on O’Connell Street has a striking pediment sculpted by Sir John Steele. One of three buildings designed for Scottish-based financial institutions in Dublin by David Bryce. The fluted Corinthian columns which uphold the pediment create a strong rhythm of light and shade over the stone façade. It is a shame that the façade at street level takes away so much from the imposing classical façade above. Closed as a bank branch circa 2009.