NEAR THE OLD CENTRAL BANK NOW RENAMED THE CENTRAL PLAZA
The plaza contains the sculpture Crann an Oir (tree of gold) by Derry sculptor Éamonn O’Doherty, which became a symbol of the Central Bank, Irish Banking, and the Celtic Tiger boom and bust. When I was younger I thought that it was named “The Money Tree”.
According to the developers: “Central Plaza’s crowning glory is its spectacular 15,500 sq ft rooftop venue and visitor viewing experience. Soaring ten-storeys above the city, this will be a magical place to socialise amid awe-inspiring vistas of Dublin.”. Anyway, as you can see there is much action at street level especially as the complex is an important part of Temple Bar. Dublinbikes Docking Station 14 is located on Upper Fownes Street which is home to a number of unique small clothes shops.
The Foggy Dew is a famous pub on Fownes Street. The building was constructed as part of the rebuilding of the area which took place in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The influence of John Ruskin’s fashionable architectural theory is evident in the elaborately carved dressings. A well-executed plaque to the tympanum of the central first floor window records the initials of vintner John J. Corry, owner from 1885. The interior was remodelled 1995 by Frank Ennis and Associates. Fownes Street was named after Sir William Fownes, Lord Mayor of Dublin in 1708. While the street was unnamed on Charles Brookings map of Dublin dating to 1728, a number of large houses are depicted on the west side of Fownes Street on John Rocque’s map of Dublin dating to 1756.
Central Plaza, also known as the Central Bank of Ireland Building for its former tenant, is an office building on Dame Street in Temple Bar, Dublin. It was the headquarters of the Central Bank of Ireland from 1979 to 2017. It is Ireland’s only suspended structure building, with its 8 floors hanging from central concrete cores. Each floor was built on the ground and then raised into place. It was controversial for being out of scale with its surroundings and for being constructed 30 feet (9.1 m) taller than approved.