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 architecture with its Dutch influence blends in its urban location. The sculpture of Gabriel Hayes in the curvy corner stands out and depict the original studies in the College. Outstanding Art Deco features can be traced in from the parapet roof line up to inside in the hall (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.
With the new campus with Grangegorman it will be relocated  by 2018 .The building will be on sale for an estimated price of  €15-20 Million.

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