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    • #704811
      Anonymous
      Participant

      I just noticed the restored interior of the Gas building for the first time when I was passing by on Sunday… DROOL!!! The ceiling clock especially is quite orgasmic.

      Sorry, am I over-reacting?! Just go look at it!
      Siobhán.

    • #714407
      john white
      Participant

      My God – really?

      I’m amazed! Some things are looking up in this place. What terrific news.

      I’ll report back after lunch Siobhan.
      John

    • #714408
      MG
      Participant

      I saw it the other evening on my way home and it looks excellent – great use of colour….

    • #714409
      john white
      Participant

      Hi there

      I stopped in at lunchtime. Are thoses 2 crude stainless steel vents on either side of the door new?

      I was confused by the automatic doors at first and then realised they’d kept the originals.

      As for inside: have they done it up recently? I didn’t notice but then, I’m not very familiar with the interior.

      The staircase and columns are gorgeous. Walnut and maple? Haven’t they always been like that too?

      I walked to it form the IFSC where I unfortuntely work [but not for long] and went from the back through the Elizabethan/Tudor style Leinster Market alleyway. Wonderful!
      Returning I went past such horrors as:

      Hawkins House
      Apollo House & Tara House [Tara Street]
      The Ulster Bank building

      Amazing how standards have plummetted.

      John

    • #714410
      Anonymous
      Inactive

      So you have only noticed now John?

    • #714411
      daniel
      Participant

      The interior is really spectacular.
      I am currently researching a few details of the building and was wondering whether anyone would know which architects were responsible for the restoration?

    • #714412
      MG
      Participant

      The end of the Ritz in Athlone:

    • #714413
      Paul Clerkin
      Keymaster

      As it was to be built.

      More info at http://www.archeire.com/michael_scott/emergency.html

      I was in Athlone a few years ago specially to look at the building because we heard it was due to be demolished then. I have photos somewhere. I had actually thought that it would be gone by now. The concrete seemed to be of very poor quality and crumbling badly probably due to being built during the Emergency.

    • #714414
      john white
      Participant

      So please assure me that it was no loss then?

      The original design looks very nice. Was the actual building unimpressive? The exterior images I’ve seen were fairly hideous.

      Perhaps it should have been re-built/amended to fit the original design years ago.

      It would now probably be still be there.

      John

    • #714415
      Paul Clerkin
      Keymaster

      It was never really built as designed…. the glazed area beneath the building along the riverside was never completed.

      http://www.irish-architecture.com/buildings_ireland/westmeath/athlone/ritz.html

    • #714416
      Anonymous
      Participant

      The Ritz in Athlone has had a long history of neglect. Various plans for redevelopment were considered and binned. Developers found it difficult to meet parking requirements as well as the desire to retain soem of the existing. One wonders was it let go to wreck and ruin so it could be demolished and have a more blank canvas. Then again they could have taken the development of this prime site in Athlone seriously and got some real design input. Maybe a competition.

    • #714417
      dc3
      Participant

      You can see what the Ritz exterior looked like in 1998 on the Art Deco Ireland Web Site
      at

      http://www.geocities.com/Paris/Salon/6941/ritz.htm

    • #714418
      john white
      Participant

      Oh God I have! Sorry, no reflection on your noble endeavour – keep up the good work.

      It just looked awful.

      Sad really.
      John

    • #714419
      Anonymous
      Participant

      Please someone help me.

      I have a school trivia question to be answered.

      The 1p and 2p coins share a designer in which art deco government ministry?

      Show off your knowledge. Answer, please.

    • #714420
      MG
      Participant

      sculptor of the work (panels and heads) on Department of Industry and Commerce – Gabriel Hayes

    • #714421
      George
      Participant

      I’ve enjoyed reading all the comments you Irish kids (assuming) have made, and almost envy you your time and place.
      I grew up in the Los Angeles of the 1930s-40’s, when Deco was new and vibrant and all but taken for granted, probably more in that locality than in any other in America. How I wish that were yet the case…hope the Dublin we now hear so increasingly about doesn’t follow this same path. George

    • #714422
      Anonymous
      Participant

      There are still some evocative corners in LA where you can taste the Art Deco ambience of the Thirties, e.g. the stretch of Sunset Boulevard along the Hollywood foothills, near La Cienega Boulevard.

      Super!

    • #714423
      Anonymous
      Participant

      Here are a few lesser-known examples of Irish art-deco:
      Garda Station @ Donnybrook (note the lamps)
      Old Players factory in Glasnevin
      Building opposite the Central Bank, Dame St. (note the inscriptions on the second floor).
      The old ESB logo.
      Various old ESB generator builings dooted around the countryside.
      The Burton Building on Dame St.
      Church of Christ the King, Cork city.
      Interior lobby of the Gresham Hotel (plasterwork).
      Suburban houses in Terenure, Sutton, Rathfarnam (1930s – 40s).
      And some more famous ones…

      The Carlton Cinema (to be restored in ‘a modern art deco-stle’) built c.1937.
      The Department of Industry and Commerce HQ., Kildare St.
      The Theatre Royal (since demolished)

    • #714424
      Anonymous
      Participant

      There are some new pages on the Art Deco Ireland Web Site, if you have not visited it recently.

      It is at http://www.geocities.com/Paris/Salon/6941/deco1.htm

    • #714425
      Anonymous
      Participant

      That’s terrific news about the Carlton Cinema. It’s always been a major greivance of mine.

      Whoo-hoo! Well done to whoever is doing it.

    • #714426
      Paul Clerkin
      Keymaster

      john, merely keeping the upper stories of a facade is pointless without the original building behind.,…

    • #714427
      Anonymous
      Participant

      I agree.The Interior of a building is just as important as the exterior.Sure is’nt that what the Lancefort conflict was all about regarding the new Westin hotel. For a good laugh, look at the relic of a facade their preserving beside the new millennium bridge where the fire was recently at Ormonde quay. They just have’nt a clue. Talking about Art Deco has anyone noticed the ‘Bourbon’ building at the corner of Dame St. and South Great Georges St. housing Pars Oriental Carpets and some cheap record store.
      But then yet again maybe it’s more ‘Art Nouveau’ in style although it dates from 1930.

    • #714428
      Anonymous
      Participant

      To add, that Gas Office in D’Olier St. is a little over-rated. The back facade with the mock-Tudor is ridiculous.It like Zoe development’s fantasies on Bachelor’s Walk or Arran Quay.
      If you want fantasy see Gaudi’s output. If you want Art Deco see the wonderful Chrysler building in New York with it’s luscious interior. Now that’s real Art Deco.

    • #714429
      john white
      Participant

      Oh, I thought
      ‘to be restored in ‘a modern art deco-stle’
      meant inside AND out. It’s the interior I was exited about as it’s the part that’s been missing all these years. The interiors of Deco buildings were usually the most fabulous part. Also of course a piece of good architecture is NOT simply a facade with a box behind it.

      Bonzo, that’s the ‘Burton’ building [as in men’s suits etc.] You’re right though, it IS more Nouveau.

    • #714430
      Anonymous
      Participant

      Can anyone tell me more about the Telecom Eireann (?) building on Pearse St. down from the Bus Garage and near the greyhound track? Red brick curves at the corners, large panels of glass block either side of the entrance and, best of all, fabulous concrete projection, sloping upwards and outwards, to support the clock above. What year? What Architect? etc?
      The adjacent site, which has Telecom Eireann incorporated into the railings, has a Hamilton Osborne King “sold” sign on it. Is this another building under threat of extinction?

    • #714431
      Justin Time
      Participant

      This new ritz.
      See what you think

      The new Ritz

    • #714432
      Anonymous
      Participant

      Having looked at the original:

      http://www.geocities.com/Paris/Salon/6941/ritz.htm

      It was no great loss.

      The new building is OK, a little disney-ish if anything but at least some thought went into it.

    • #714433
      GrahamH
      Participant

      13/5/2004

      I passed by the Gas Building on D’ Olier St the other day and WOW the interior is fantastic! I’d forgotton how good it looks – last seeing it around 1999.
      The hoardings or paint covering the windows have been removed and the dazzlingly lit interior was nearly jumping out the window – what a fantastic piece of eye-candy for the people at the bus stop there.
      The walls are a glowing shade of light green and the fluted coved ceiling stands out spectacularly against it.
      The ceiling is covered in glittering glass pendents that are literally dripping with delicate lengths of glass – they make the place look so glamourous and when seen on a dark dull early morning and contrasting with the solemnity of the Irish Times terrace across the road looks spectacular.
      And its signiature brown columns in the centre look great too.

      Heres hoping the windows are left gapingly clear for everyone to see D’ Olier St’s best kept secret.

    • #714434
      notjim
      Participant

      btw have you seen the amusing gas sub-station with deco style fin on the south dock, i passed it on the way to the crazy christian ship.

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