Re: Re: Bank of Ireland, College Green
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The ‘prestigious’ nature of the existing bank use completely passes me by. I detest banks and have always done so, long before the onset of the recent unpleasantness.
. . . . . . to accommodate the masses clambering over their great steps, fingering their columns and wandering aimlessly about their great halls. Critically in all of this, they become objects for those least interested and least connected to their local value â€“ the tourist – while the citizen for whom the building was once built gets pushed to the sidelines.
That’s a little bit harsh there Graham. Tourists are very unfairly derided IMO.
OK, maybe the loud-mouth, bloated, perpetually dissatisfied American types that descend from air-conditioned coaches on Nassau Street in chequered trousers could reasonably be gassed en-masse [no offence intended], but the great bulk of the contemporary hoards of European city-breakers are in a different league and they bring with them, in their volume and feed-back, a direct critical analysis of the city, what it has to offer, and the quality of it’s public realm. I see nothing wrong in judging ourselves by the criteria; ‘what does the tourist get from this?’
There is one solitary alternative use, and one use only, that comes in any way close to appropriately interpreting the intensely tangled collection of baggage that comes with the Bank of Ireland, and that is, as suggested, a City of Dublin Museum. The story of the capital that brought the building into being â€“ there are few better compliments.
Nobody stamps their authority on a suggestion like Graham, so this could be a runner.
I note PVC’s observations on the labyrinthine nature of the building, but in the context of museum use, that would not necessarily be a negative.
This is the best floor plan I can find. The ‘bank’ interventions, post 1801, were much less comprehensive than originally intended. I’ve marked out Johnston’s cash office in blue and the site of the original House of Commons chamber in yellow. The areas outlined in green are courtyards and open space.