Ashe Memorial Hall, Tralee – Architectural Style

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    • #709080
      Micheal84
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      Could someone inform me as to which architectural style is adopted by the Ashe Memorial Hall in Tralee.

    • #786520
      Anonymous
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      Do you have a picture, Micheal?

    • #786521
      Anonymous
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      There is a good picture available on this archiseek site as well as info on the builiding. If you type in Ashe Memorial, infomation will come up. Thank you for your prompt reply.

    • #786522
      Anonymous
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      FYI – The building was constructed in 1928 of local sandstone.

    • #786523
      Anonymous
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      Only a partial answer… but at least here’s the picture…

      The Ashe Hall was designed by Thomas J. Cullen and built with local sandstone. It was completed in 1928, and, for more than half a century, it was the administrative headquarters of Kerry County Council and Tralee Urban District Council. In the 1980s both local authorities moved to new offices and the building was transformed into Kerry County Museum, opening its doors to the public in 1992.

    • #786524
      Anonymous
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      Thanks for the picture, Lotts.

      I also saw a picture on the NIAH site (http://www.buildingsofireland.ie), but it too shies away from naming the style.

      The early years of the 20th century saw mini-revivals of some classical styles, and this would be an example of that phenomenon. Some Garda Stations were build in Queen Anne revival, for example. I’m not sure what style you’d call this building, though Queen Anne mightn’t be too wrong. It has echoes of the type of classicism seen in such buildings as Bantry House, which is (partly) Queen Anne- I’m thinking particularly of the giant order pilasters. But it also has the feel of the type of classicism used by Thomas Jefferson in the early 19th (?) century- a sort of pared-down, crisp-edged Palladian derivative.

      So, ‘simple Jeffersonian Palladianism meets spare Queen Anne classicism’? šŸ˜‰

    • #786525
      Anonymous
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      A sincere thank you for both your insights. I must however apologise, now that I look at the picture again it is clearly “Jeffersonian Palladianism meets spare Queen Anne classicism”!!!!

    • #786526
      Anonymous
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      Probably too pared-down (as you say) to be Queen Ann, Queen Ann would be much more fussy looking I think.
      Some sort of Regency revival maybe or Biedermeier perhaps?

    • #786527
      Anonymous
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      I’d vote for Queen Anne style also. The above is like the Cashel Palace Hotel with wings.
      KB2

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