Dictionary of Irish Architects 1720 - 1940

Selected: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, DAME STREET, NO. 036 (INSURANCE CORPORATION OF IRELAND)  Street numbers may have changed due to re-numbering

Name: DOWNES, JOSEPH VINCENT
Building: CO. DUBLIN, DUBLIN, DAME STREET, NO. 036 (INSURANCE CORPORATION OF IRELAND)
Date: 1936
Nature: New head office, 'carried out in brickwork of various tones with panels of black and gold tiles, but given a strong vertical accent by continuous glazing and projecting brick piers to the upper floors...[which] successfully achieved a strikingly modern effect with skilful restraint' (Larmour). Builder: S.Phillips
Refs: Drawing of new facade exh. RHA 1936, no. 290; IB 78, 8 Aug 1936, 683(illus.); AJ 89, 22 Jun 1939, 1082;  Paul Larmour, Free State Architecture:  Modern Movement architecture in Ireland, 1922-1949 (Kinsale: Gandon Editions, 2009), 70,71(illus., from IB, Aug 1936).