Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Selected: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, GRAFTON STREET, NO. 119 & COLLEGE GREEN, NO. 037 (COMMERCIAL UNION ASSURANCE)  Street numbers may have changed due to re-numbering

Name: DEANE, THOMAS NEWENHAM, & SON
Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, GRAFTON STREET, NO. 119 & COLLEGE GREEN, NO. 037 (COMMERCIAL UNION ASSURANCE)
Date: 1879-1881
Nature: New premises. Designed by T.M. Deane (O'Dwyer). Tenders invited, Jun 1879. Builder: T. Wardrop & Son. 'By many the building is regarded, from its perculiarity of style, as being sadly out of harmony with the purely classical forms of the Bank of Ireland and of Trinity College in its immediate neighbourhood.' (Irish Times).   Described by Casey as 'quietly audacious - a picturesque composition in yellow sandstone with a turret at the angle, two gabled fronts, a pointed ground-floor arcade and a diverse array of mullioned windows'.
Refs: IB 21, 15 Sep 1879, 293;  B 37, 25 Oct 1879, 1181; 49, 11 Jul 1885, 54,58(illus.); Irish Times, 7 Jun 1879, 2,15 Mar 1881;  E. MacDowell Cosgrave & Leonard R. Strangways, Visitors’ Guide to Dublin and Neighbourhoods (Dublin & London, [1907]), 123; Frederick O'Dwyer, The Architecture of Deane and Woodward (Cork University Press, 1997), 391-2;  Christine Casey, The Buildings of Ireland: Dublin (2005), 413-4