Capstones Shift: Architectural Legacies of the Easter Rising


To mark the Centenary of 1916, the Irish Architectural Archive, the RIAI and its journal Architecture Ireland have developed a joint programme of lectures and articles entitled ‘Capstones Shift: Architectural Legacies of the Easter Rising’ which run throughout 2016.

The lectures are accompanied by a series of articles in Architecture Ireland and focus on a selection of prominent Dublin buildings destroyed or utterly changed by the events of Easter 1916 and later. These buildings were central to myriad social, commercial, political and religious patterns of life. Their absence, or removal from use, would have had an immediate and disconcerting effect on the daily routines and interactions of thousands of ordinary Dubliners as they lived, moved, worked, prayed and entertained themselves in the post-Rising city, quotidian disruptions making unavoidable and un-ignorable the profound political phase-shift that had occurred.

In the second lecture in the series, Colum O’Riordan discusses The Rising and Icons of O’Connell Street (The Royal Hibernian Academy; The Dublin Bread Company; The Imperial Hotel at the IAA on 5 April, 6pm.

All lectures will be published in essay-form in Architecture Ireland in 2016.