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Dublin 2 Modern

Dublin 2 Modern

One building currently being demolished, one condemned, one threatened, one restored and one miraculously untouched – these were the five buildings that featured in DoCoMoMo Ireland’s walking tour, as part of Open House Dublin Saturday and Sunday 14th and 15th October 2017.

Simon Walker took an astonishing number of over 120 people on a tour of the Baggot Street / Grand Canal area – featuring the ESB HQ building by Stephenson Gibney [1968], the [former] Bank of Ireland HQ by Scott Tallon Walker [1974], the [former] Bord Fáilte HQ by Michael Scott & Partners [1961], Fitzwilton House by Burley and Shoolheifer [1969] and finishing at the Dublin Institute of Advanced Studies in Burlington Road by Stephenson Gibney [1971].

An enthusiastic crowd listened to Simon Walker as he outlined the history and architectural provenance of the buildings, their significance for Dublin’s architectural and cultural heritage, and the previous and ongoing planning battles carried by DoCoMoMo Ireland in the attempt to save them. It was particularly gratifying to note that the attendees were almost all people from outside the architectural profession – a testament to the growing public appreciation of mid-20th century Modern architecture.

 

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To all of you who attended the tour, a big thanks! You can find more information on these buildings in the Dropbox folder below:

https://www.dropbox.com/sh/qmxfk80h7eu7y8b/AABRAlWWHLkWN4BQt5iEAyHMa?dl=0