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In their most recent planning application, the Grssham proposed the reinstatement of all original steel frames to the O’Connell Street elevation – what a dramatic lift it would make for. Here it is in all its original steel-windowed glory in the 1940s, with balcony still intact.

It looks stunning with the windows painted black too.

In the mid-1930s, the Pearl Insurance building that’s now part of the Westin Hotel on Westmoreland Street also made use of steel frames in its elegant neoclassical elevations, probably the starkest contrast in architecture and window design yet used in the capital.

It appears these were restored in the c.2000 conversion with weather-stripping and new handles, while secondary white aluminum glazing was inserted to the interior.

A contemporaneous use of the material would also be the Dr. Quirkey’s building on Upper O’Connell Street.

A typical light industrial use would be this building on Great Strand Street, near the Lotts, with a highly curious timber shingle façade.

The steel frames add an elegant lightness of touch even to a surly building such as this.

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