Herbert G Simms – Chancery Park & Henrietta Flats

Alot of my favourite buildings in Dublin were built by Herbert G Simms. He was the first Corporation housing architect in Dublin and worked between 1931 and 1948. He is responsible for building housing for 17,000 dublin residents. Many of his works still stand the today and are home to bustling communities.

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Informed by new housing styles in the Netherlands, he built many flats in the city centre. His use of fine brickwork and rounded corners are staples of his work. These two flats featured today are in incredible condition and are a testament to his skill and foresight.

More Photos and Links below

 

“he has made a personal contribution towards the solution of Dublin’s housing problem, probably unequalled by anyone in our time…It is not given to many of us to achieve so much in the space of a short lifetime for the benefit of our fellow men.’ (10)

 

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War on the slums? A look at housing in 1930s Dublin (Part 1)

 

http://www.totallydublin.ie/more/nice-gaff-architects-herbert-simms/

 

Teagasc College – Botanical Gardens

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.

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Not sure about the big bright green signage to offset the impressive masonry

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Mind your Head! Hmmm……

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