1936 – Reenavanna, Killiney, Co. Dublin

Architect: Michael Scott



Reenavanna and the neighbouring house Carraigdown, were both designed by Michael Scott for Lieut-Colonel B.J. Fagan and his family. Both built in the International Style, they feature many of the design elements which can be seen in Scott’s own house Geragh in Sandycove.

Lieut-Colonel B.J. Fagan, DSO, was the son of Sir John Fagan, a well-known surgeon, and brother of the playwright J.B. Fagan. Born in Belfast in 1874, was educated at the Methodist College, Belfast: Clongowes Wood College, and at Sandhurst. He joined the Indian Army, and in the First World War served in East Africa and Palestine (as then was). He was awarded the DSO and the Cruix de Guerre. In Palestine he was severely wounded and subsequently invalided out of the army, from which he retired in 1920. On his return to Ireland, he went in to farming at Ballybrittas, and took a deep interest in the sugar-beet industry. Died 1939.