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Paul Clerkin

Archer’s garage rebuilt after razing
Marie O’Halloran

Five years after it was illegally demolished on a bank holiday weekend, Archer’s garage on Fenian Street in Dublin has finally been rebuilt.
The razing of the distinctive late 1940s art deco building, demolished over the June bank holiday in 1999, provoked huge controversy and its reconstruction became a long, torturous and disputed process.

The new version is a gleaming white building with significant glass frontage, attached to an office block development and adjacent apartment block at the site near Merrion Square.

Before the former garage was razed it was the only surviving building on a largely derelict site.

IIB Bank is scheduled to move in at the end of October, and two final planning permission applications are outstanding – for signs, flagpoles, a clock and a 1.8 metre-high glass screen at roof level on the former garage and adjoining offices.

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