The National Inventory of Architectural Heritage has recently published An Introduction to the Architectural Heritage of Dublin North City, the thirty-third in a series showcasing the Architectural Heritage of Ireland.
The Introduction is the first of four planned for Dublin and, together with the accompanying survey, is a portrait of that part of the city enclosed by the Liffey, the Royal Canal, Phoenix Park and Dublin Bay — otherwise known as "the northside".
Dublin in 1610 was little more than a small town when John Speed made his famous map, the earliest surviving map of the city. Over the next two hundred years, however, it was to become the sixth largest city in Europe, larger than Berlin, Madrid or Rome. Perhaps the most significant planning decision in the seventeenth century was that the city should face the river, thereby creating the Liffey quays and contributing hugely to its character. The work of the Wide Street Commissioners, established in 1757 and one of the first such bodies in the world, gave Dublin its recognisable plan.
Because of its historical poverty, the north inner city is sometimes seen as architecturally inferior to the south inner city. For instance, commentators often focus on Fitzwilliam Square and Merrion Square, ignoring the comparable quality of Henrietta Street, North Great George's Street, Mountjoy Square and Parnell Square. "The Northside" also contains many of the city's architectural highlights – the Custom House; the GPO; the Four Courts; fine churches of all denominations; grand houses; and public buildings. The canals and railways which frame the north city have also left a legacy of fine architecture while Michael Scott's Busarás, completed in 1953, marked the arrival of full-blown International Modernism in Ireland.
An Introduction to the Architectural Heritage of Dublin North City showcases the city's architectural heritage from the medieval period up to the present day. Many of the buildings will be familiar, but some are rarely seen by the public, including the wonderful Baroque interior of the chapel of the Rotunda Hospital and the galleried interior of the old Broadstone Railway Station.
An Introduction to the architectural heritage of Dublin North City
- ISBN: 9781 1 4064 2877
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