Eastern Health Board Buidling- Dr Steevan’s Hospital

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    • #708064
      Eilis
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      Hi,
      Can anyone tell me what is the architectural design of the new Eastern Health Board Buidling, which used to be Dr. Steevan’s Hospital. I know it was build in 1717 by Thomas Burgh but this is all the info I can get. Is it palladian style? Where can I find more info on this?
      Thanks E

    • #760419
      Paul Clerkin
      Keymaster

      For those not familia with this:
      http://www.irish-architecture.com/buildings_ireland/dublin/islandbridge/drsteev.htm

      You may remember it from the architectue definitive stamp series in the ’80s.

    • #760420
      Eilis
      Participant

      Thank-you but this doesn’t tell me what I need. Any other ideas on where I could find out the type or architecture it is?

    • #760421
      MAcKER
      Participant

      I think it’s generally refered to as Queen Anne style.

    • #760422
      GrahamH
      Participant

      Yes, that seems to be as a good a description as any.
      Some vaguely French influences in there too, but nothing that can be really pinned down. It’s one of the few examples left in Ireland today of a public building before the advent of rampant classicism (though elements of it have always been with us).
      And to think that much of the country’s stock was of this mongrel form of architecture before the Greek wigs came along – some great stuff.

    • #760423
      Eilis
      Participant

      Thanks. It does look Queen Anne but its not the right era- maybe its still palladian………..e.g bessborough hse. But “Mongrel” is good tooo!

    • #760424
      ctesiphon
      Participant

      It’s certainly not Palladian. At 1717, it would be too early by a handful of years, but stylistically it’s well outside the parameters- not symmetrical, naive detailing, etc. Queen Anne is close, but it also has echoes of that peculiar form of classicism prevalent in France in the 17th century- Jules Hardouin Mansart, Louis Le Vau, etc.
      It can be “Queen Anne style” without being of the period too, remember; Ireland often had a time lag where architectural styles were concerned.
      Proto-classical?

    • #760425
      Eilis
      Participant

      Thanks for the info.

    • #760426
      ctesiphon
      Participant

      @Paul Clerkin wrote:

      For those not familia with this:
      http://www.irish-architecture.com/buildings_ireland/dublin/islandbridge/drsteev.htm

      You may remember it from the architectue definitive stamp series in the ’80s.

      Paul,
      I note you mention in the description the corner ‘brabazons’- should this be bartizans?
      (Sorry to be a smartarse.)

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