Dublin Capitals

I was incredibly impressed by the quality of the carving of the capitals on the door surrounds, as well as the delicacy of the fanlights, in Ely Place and found myself photographing one after another, not least because each was so different in character.   The street was laid out in 1768:-

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Turning east, one comes into Baggot Street:-

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And then into Fitzwilliam Street, the subject of a famous planning enquiry in 1965, chaired by Hugh Casson, which recommended the demolition of a long run of Georgian houses, supported by John Summerson, the author of Georgian London, who famously dismissed the street as ‘simply one damned house after another’, a comment for which some have never forgiven him.   The buildings which replaced the Georgian houses designed by Stephenson Gibney & Associates (Gibney was President of the Royal Hibernian Academy) for the Electricity Supply Board have now themselves been demolished and are to be replaced by a modern version of a Georgian front by Grafton architects.   Sic transit.

Ending in Merrion Square:-

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