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GrahamH
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The OPW were in charge of the rebuilding – and it began a few years later in 1926 through to 1930, although site behind the facades was cleared in 1922 I think.
There’s extensive details in the book ‘Building for Government’ by the OPW, just don’t have it here at the moment, but they did something of an economy job on the decorative elements, using concrete aggregates to re-cast the balusters and plinth of the balustrade instead of Portland stone, and the 6 niches to the front were replaced with windows for the new offices.
The greatest loss externally is there for the world to see of course – the drum of the dome was rebuilt in Ardbraccan limestone (think Leinster House is built of it, and a different variety with Charlemont House) which is has darkened substantially since. It must have looked amazing in the Portland stone, matching the river front, and blazed brightly in the sun.
I can get a few date snippets from the book at home – if that’s any help.

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