The Georgian Squares of Dublin
An architectural history
Dublin City Council
‘Introduced by Jim Bennett and Loughlin Kealy are five articles written by five named authors, all qualified art historians or architects. After all that, it is a volume which is a pleasure to handle, carefully designed, beautifully illustrated and filled with information … All the contributors to this book have done well’, Maurice Craig.
‘While Dublin City Council has taken its fair share of stick over the years for its attitude to heritage and conservation, credit must be given were credit is due for its publication of The Georgian Squares of Dublin: an architectural history. Written by a team of conservation architects and sumptuously illustrated with specially commissioned photographs, this book will appeal to specialists and general readers alike’, History Ireland.
‘This book presents a series of essays by recognised experts on the development of the squares in the fabric of the Georgian city, focusing not just on the houses, but on many other details that survive and give character to the whole. For all those who love Dublin this is a marvellous read’, Peter Costello, Irish Catholic.
'[This is] a book with many virtues. It is scholarly, it is enjoyable reading, and it is beautifully presented. No lover of Dublin can afford to be without it’, Dublin Historical Record.
‘This very fine production provides a fascinating insight into the design, development and architecture of five Dublin squares. Given the wealth of academic research on Georgian Dublin, from Craig to Sheridan, it may surprise readers to learn that this is the first such history. It captures the international importance of Dublin as a Georgian city with a unique style of development, aiming to promote the architectural conservation of Dublin’s Georgian squares and their sustainable future use…This is a valuable addition to the corpus of work on Georgian Dublin, with its wealth of detail and intriguing insights into a lost world. The illustrations, particularly of internal details, are superb, and for those alone it is worthy of the purchase price', Ruth McManus, Irish Economic and Social History (2008).
‘The Georgian Squares of Dublin is an important work and one must congratulate Dublin City Council for bringing this research together in book form thus making it available to a wider audience’, David J. Griffin, Irish Arts Review.
‘This beautifully illustrated book has been created by a team of scholars and architectural historians. The patronage and protection of Dublin City Council can only bode well for the preservation and development of these lovely squares’, Ireland of the Welcomes.