DESTRUCTION AND REDEVELOPMENT AT FITZWILLIAM STREET AS SEEN FROM BAGGOT STREET
These images date from Christmas 2018 I had intended to return every few months to photograph any progress but was unable to do so for a variety of reasons so I decided to go ahead and publish them today. Hopefully I will visit the area within the next two or three weeks.
Little more than fifty years after the demolition of 16 Georgian houses on Lower Fitzwilliam Street the ESB decided to redevelop its headquarters.
The 1964 demolition/development effectively destroyed Dublin’s longest Georgian facade, from Mount Street to Leeson Street and of course that attracted much protest at the time. Dublin Corporation were convinced by the the protests and refused permission for the demolition and development of the site. However, on September 30th, 1964, the day before the new Planning Act which established a national planning system came into force, Neil Blaney, then minister for local government, signed an order overturning the corporation’s decision and the destruction of the 16 houses proceeded.