Thursday, 17 September 2020



Herbert Georges Simms

Appointed housing architect to Dublin corporation in 1932 he designed around 17000 housing units within 16 years in Dublin city, Cabra and Crumlin. Have a stroll along Clontarf Promenade to see some other works such as the  wind shelters  and kiosk together with bathing shelters on  Bull island.

 His outstanding works in the Amsterdam school style are recorded as protected structures.,


Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Stella cinema in Rathmines

Opened last winter 2017 !
Sit in a comfortable armchair and enjoy  a great selection of films on the screen  or enjoy a cocktail at the bar in the former balcony!

Revamp from its ealiest Glory with a hint !


Tuesday, 11 April 2017

The former Tivoli cinema


The former Tivoli cinema built under the plan of the architect Vincent Kelly opened on the 21st of Dec 1934 and operated until 1964. Third largest cinema in Dublin was fitted with Philipps sound system.
Later in the 80s it was converted into a Theatre (auditorium for 500) and Music venue (1200) : Sinead O'Conor and many others had their concert in there.
The Tivoli staged lately music halls and  Pantos.
Located at 135-138 Francis street,  D8, in  the Antique shop street of Dublin it might  be demolished to built an aparthotel.


Monday, 14 March 2016

DIT 75th of Anniversary - Catha Brugha St

Robinson  and Keefe (a well know Irish Architect practice) undertook the design of the building located in Cathal Brugha Street, just off O'Connell Street in Dublin 1.
 The outstanding sculpture of Gabriel Hayes at the curvy corner  depicts the original studies in the College. Art Deco features can be traced in from the parapet roof line up to inside in the lobby(terrazzo floors, marble pilars,  fretworks on the side panels of  entrance door, stone canopy).
After five years of construction St Mary's College  opened officially on the 16th of June 1941 and in September young girls could start their education in Domestic Science. The education took a turn in the following years and is now the DIT  for  Hospitality Management Tourism and Culinary Arts and Food Technology with around 3000 students.From 1941 to 1973 three women were appointed as a first principal of the College.
 It will be relocated  by 2018 within the new campus of  Grangegorman .The building will be on sale for an estimated price of  €15-20 Million.

Sunday, 12 April 2015

Chancery Park

Let's enjoy the magnificent manicured Park with its Art Deco features: gates, benches and fountains.
Location : close to the Four Courts
Opening hours Mon to Thur  from 8am to 4pm, Frid 8am to 1pm.

Pearse House flats

 Designed by Herbert Simms 1933, the architect of Dublin Corporation. A magnificent council  housing  with 345 units, a big internal yard with playground for toddlers and teens together with a football  pitch and nice manicured garden.