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The City Within the Grand and Royal Canals and the Circular Road, with the Phoenix Park

Christine Casey

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In this uniquely comprehensive guide to the buildings of central Dublin, the city’s churches, public buildings, and streets are described for every district in lively detail. The entire area within the canals is covered as well, along with the Phoenix Park. Illustrations include numerous maps, plans, and new color photographs.
Dublin’s grand eighteenth-century set-pieces—Custom House, Four Courts, Bank of Ireland—are offset by a graceful Georgian cityscape, much of which remains intact. Rich and varied house interiors are also treated in full, many for the first time. The book features civic and commercial Victorian architecture, post-war buildings, and the buildings of a new generation of Irish architects. Two fine Gothic cathedrals remain from the medieval city, the full history of which is traced in an introduction to the volume.
For all who share an interest in the fabric of Dublin—architect or historian, tourist or armchair traveller—this is the essential work.

Christine Casey is a lecturer in the History of Art Department, University College Dublin.

"A thick yet compact and easily transportable book. Absolutely indispensable for anyone truly interested in this great city and its architecture and history. Highly recommended."—Choice

"Throughout the book the sustained level of historical research and observation is outstanding... a monumental work which celebrates our capital city"---Peter Pearson, Irish Arts Review

"Dublin is rich in architectural heritage, but it takes a fine, scholarly study such as this to enumerate, describe and evaluate them."---Mary Leyland, Irish Examiner

"... the most significant book on the city to appear in 50 years. It seems destined to become the first port of call for both the curious and the expert for decades to come."---Shane O'Toole, Irish Sunday Times

"...quite the best thing in that city since Ulysses"---The New Statesman

'This is the most important book published on Dublin in recent years. Christine Casey joins that small group of authors such as Maurice Craig, West St John Joyce, and Freddy O'Dwyer where one looks first. ... This is a book that can be recommended wholeheartedly to anyone...' - Peter Costello, The Irish Catholic

"... the evolution of the capital's architecture is traced with precision, economy and wit... Casey's introduction can be read as an informed and original history of Irish architecture... written with verve and freshness [Dublin] will instantly establish itself as the essential guide."---Toby Barnard, The Irish Times

"...the definitive guide to the city's buildings, the best way to end all arguments."---The Sunday Tribune

"... a guide that no lover of Dublin's architecture should be without."---The Word

"... it is an unparalleled reference work for one of Europe's finest cities. It cannot fail to encourage a higher level of recognition of Dublin's superb heritage and appreciation of it."---Times Literary Supplement

“Third in The Buildings of Ireland series, and after almost ten years in its gestation, it has been well worth waiting for. … These newer Pevsners, while still concentrated and without a superfluous word, conjure up much more of the spirit and energy of the buildings they describe. Christine Casey is in total command of her language as she takes the reader on an exciting tour round this marvellous and quirky city, and she thrills by her feistiness and pleasure. … Casey’s book is very like its author – small, intense, fiery, and full of information. As a practising conservation architect, I have already found it to be absolutely essential reading, and a vital aid to my work – and hope that everyone else will find it exactly the same. We all owe her, and the publishers Yale University Press, a huge debt.” - John R Redmill, The Victorian

“The book is a huge undertaking,…the product of more than 10 years of research and the time and care invested in its writing undoubtedly makes it the seminal work on the architectural history of the Irish capital. … While the author’s writing style is sharp and concise, rich and interesting descriptions are created which are immaculate in detail and clarity. … Christine Casey’s Dublin can be enjoyed by the academic reader and interested visitor alike. It makes the perfect companion to walk around Ireland’s capital city.” - Elaine Byrne, Cornerstone

"Surely the most impatiently awaited 'Pevsner' for many years...This volume records not only well-known examples...but also many others which must have been unknown even to local cognoscenti...Ancient or modern, delightful or loathsome, one can be pretty confident that it is all here; and I for one will never visit Dublin again without this volume to hand."---Roger White, Historic House

“Christine Casey’s book forms an essential guide for a thorough exploration and highly informative perambulation of this marvellously vibrant city and its wealth of architectural treasures.” - Bob Kindred MBE, Context

ISBN: 9780300109238
Publication Date: February 28, 2006
800 pages, 4 3/4 x 8 1/2
120 color illus.
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