I cycled out to Bull Wall on Saturday evening. The tide was out, birds flocked to the sand to pick at the creatures left behind and the rainclouds produced some fantastic skies. I was there to photograph another of Herbert Simms creations, the bathing shelters.
These structures were built in the 1930s, at a time when a trip to the seaside was a holiday in itself. Many people from around the country would have visited these spots and they would have served their purpose incredibly well. Today they serve the same purpose, but to less people.
At high tide there are always a few brave souls swimming or diving into the cool water. Today with the tide out and the sun setting they were vacant except for a few people including myself sheltering from some rain.
On the cycle home we stopped for a walk along the promenade and I wanted to sit in one of Herbert Simms wind shelters however they were all full. These structures have lasted almost 90 years and are still being used as intended by their architect. Another testament to the great man.
Im going to try and learn more about Herbert Simms, at the moment I am enjoying just photographing his work. Future posts will include more of his history as Dublin Corporation architect. In a day that I heard on the radio that Dublin Councils yearly budget is an incredible €1bn, I thought what he could do in this day with a fraction of that money.
I cycle the Clontarf Promenade a few times a week during summer and these shelters have always been interesting to me. Turns out they were most likely built by Herbert G.Simms who seems to have built many of my favourite buildings in Dublin
I only had a short time to photograph these, but I will return to photograph the rest of the shelters soon.
More Info on Herbert G Simms and the incredible work he carried out in Dublin:
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I like this building. Tucked away in the corner of the gardens on a large slope it doesn’t demand too much attention. But its a wonderful use of space, and a credit to the OPW.
Not sure about the big bright green signage to offset the impressive masonry
Mind your Head! Hmmm……
1st ever Blog, 1st ever Post.
I visited the Timberyard Social Housing Project recently with my camera. So Nice.
Architects : O’Donnell + Tuomey
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Such a beautiful building and a wonderful use of space in the City. Go visit if ya can some day and take this wonderful building in while sitting in the spectacular courtyard.
It was cloudy last week, so hoping for a little sunshine to return and see how it looks in the rare Dublin sunshine.
Great Article on Timberyard featuring interviews with Architects: