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PUBLIC LIBRARY - AN ART DECO BUILDING

Public Library [34 Emmet Rd, Inchicore, Dublin 8]


This Art Deco building was build about eighty years ago.

Inchicore Public Library is an elegantly-composed library, built in 1937 to designs by Robert Lawrie, who was working for Dublin City Architect Horace O'Rourke during this period.

This building was one of four similar libraries built by Dublin Corporation between 1935 and 1940, in the suburbs of Phibsborough, Ringsend, Drumcondra and Inchicore [I will publish photographs of all four].

Understated and elegantly detailed, Inchicore Library is a remarkably complete surviving example of this typology.

The Art Deco-inspired doorcase and metal windows by Crittall are of particular note and add aesthetic appeal.

While Art Deco was a popular style internationally in the 1930s, surviving buildings of the style are relatively rare in Dublin and throughout Ireland.

The quality of materials, and composition and scale of the building in its associated landscaping create a pleasing sense of uniformity of design, making a positive architectural contribution to the street. This library remains in active use and is of great social importance to the local community.

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