Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The former Tivoli cinema


The former Tivoli cinema built under the plan of the architect Vincent Kelly opened on the 21st of Dec 1934 and operated until 1964. Third largest cinema in Dublin was fitted with Philipps sound system.
Later in the 80s it was converted into a Theatre (auditorium for 500) and Music venue (1200) : Sinead O'Conor and many others had their concert in there.
The Tivoli staged lately music halls and  Pantos.
Located at 135-138 Francis street,  D8, in  the Antique shop street of Dublin it might  be demolished to built an aparthotel.


Monday, 14 March 2016

DIT 75th of Anniversary - Catha Brugha St

Robinson  and Keefe (a well know Irish Architect practice) undertook the design of the building located in Cathal Brugha Street, just off O'Connell Street in Dublin 1.
The architecture with its Dutch influence blends in its urban location. The sculpture of Gabriel Hayes in the curvy corner stands out and depict the original studies in the College. Outstanding Art Deco features can be traced in from the parapet roof line up to inside in the hall (terrazzo floors, marble pilars,  fretworks on the side panels of  entrance door, stone canopy).
After five years of construction St Mary's College  opened officially on the 16th of June 1941 and in September young girls could start their education in Domestic Science. The education took a turn in the following years and is now the DIT  for  Hospitality Management Tourism and Culinary Arts and Food Technology with around 3000 students.From 1941 to 1973 three women were appointed as a first principal of the College.
With the new campus with Grangegorman it will be relocated  by 2018 .The building will be on sale for an estimated price of  €15-20 Million.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Chancery Park

Let's enjoy the magnificent manicured Park with its Art Deco features: gates, benches and fountains.
Location : close to the Four Courts
Opening hours Mon to Thur  from 8am to 4pm, Frid 8am to 1pm.

Pearse House flats

 Designed by Herbert Simms 1933, the architect of Dublin Corporation. A magnificent council  housing  with 345 units, a big internal yard with playground for toddlers and teens together with a football  pitch and nice manicured garden.



Flat 3B in Pearse House Flats

Artist Jeanette Lowe had redecorated a flat to the time of the late 30s. Her grand-mother, Bridget Ashmore, was among the first to live in those flats. 2 bedrooms flat with fire place in each rooms, kitchen and bathroom in one single  room (the bathtub would have been the original one). Separate toilet  and a living/dining-room. Hardwood floor




Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Countess Markievicz house in Townends street D2



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Countess Markievicz house is part of  Herbert Georges SIMMS ' legacy built around 1934-39
U-shape 4-storey public housing  in red and yellow bricks with awesome tower gate canopied entrances and curved end building.Each flat gives on a communal balcony facing the central courtyard where  children have their playground
8 blocks with 170 flats and 4 shop units



sources: "The buildings" of Ireland from Christine Casey
Geroge' s quay local area plan 2012 - Dublin city 
Georges Simms

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

Gas Building

As you can see on the pictures below, some of the  artefacts belonging to the building have been taking away : sunburst grid and the G logo!
The polished black granit at the bottom of the window is broken.
This building is one of the finest Art Deco building in Dublin, which has been remodelled by the architects Robinson and Keefe in 1931/34.