1875 – Scottish Widows, Westmoreland Street, Dublin

Architect: Thomas Newenham Deane



Orginally built in 1875, with some minor additions in 1879, for Scottish Widows, this was for many years a bank branch of AIB. It has a magnificent sandstone facade in the style of a Venetian palace – bud sadly a facade is all it now is. AIB had assembled a collection of properties on the site including two of their own branches and at one stage hoped to build a headquarters on the site. Untimately all the interiors, bar the banking hall of a bank building on College Street, were demolished and an hotel built behind the facades. In 1799 Sir John Soane designed a bank headquarters for Bank of Ireland on this site, but after the Act of Union, the former parliament building across the street became available, and the plan was dropped.

Last Updated June 6th, 2024 at 8:31 pm