Re: Re: OPW – Architectural Works
I don’t want to labour the point, but if the stone building merited the closer examination that it apparently got in the last few days, with the render being knocked off (presumably for the purposes of making a record of the structure prior to demolition), why wasn’t that process of examination carried out last year, before any final decision was made to demolish the structure, a contract to the develop the site signed, and the hoarding put up?
Well, it’s a rhetorical question; the Gardai were gettin their new station at Kevin Street, medieval archbishop’s palace or not!
The west facade.
Some terrible sloppy, self-contradictory information in the planning application documentation. Holes can easily be picked in the Executive Summary on page 2 of the OPW Planning Report (signed by a very senior OPW architect). For example:
“One existing building and two adjacent stores are proposed for demolition … These buildings were not part of the original Archbishop’s Palace but were incorporated or built onto the complex when the Dublin Metropolitan Police took over the Palace in 1806.”
So why is the main building that was demolished depicted in black along with the rest of the palace complex on Rocque’s map of 1756 (while small buildings fronting the surrounding streets in the area are just lightly shaded)? This surely indicates clearly that the building was part and parcel of the palace complex prior to 1806?
Then, having mentioned that buildings on Bride Street were demolished for road widening some 30-40 years ago, it says:
“[The building for demolition] appears on the Rocque map of 1756 parallel to a similar shaped building facing onto Bride Street. One of the buildings was subsequently demolished by road widening work.”
Well if you’d taken a quick look at the 1847 OS map included in the Gowen report in your own planning application OPW, you’d have seen that the east of the two long buildings shown on Rocque is already gone by this stage, long before our esteemed ’60s Corpo road engineers could get their hands on it. Tsk!
“The assessment of the building fabric and features dates most of the extant building to the early 19th century…”
Eh? I thought you just said it can be seen on Rocque’s map of 1756.
That wonderful phrase “preserve by record” also comes up more than once :rolleyes: