In October 2018, I volunteered as a steward with the Irish Architectural Foundation for the Open House weekend. The initiative set up in Dublin in 2005 has seen huge growth during that time in promoting awareness and education of period and listed structures throughout Dublin. I was fortunate to be working at Blackhall Place in Dublin 8 which was acquired by The Incorporated Law Society of Ireland in 1970. Designed by the Cork born architect, Thomas Ivory in 1783, it was originally built as a school premises for the King’s Hospital. The building was later declared as the premises of the society by President Joseph L, Dundon and was opened after renovation works in 1978 by An Taoiseach Jack Lynch.
My personal affinity for traditional architecture is perhaps most deeply embodied by Georgian and Victorian architecture but on a recent trip to the Algarve I discovered the beautiful Portimao. In particular its older buildings with a deep rooted art deco influence. A stunning backdrop to these beautiful buildings was the stunning church founded in 1897. The raw honesty of the buildings and the rich hues were very inspiring and full of character, combined with the stunning backdrop, the sun bleached properties had a sense of history and former grandeur. A beautiful stretch of buildings which combined many architectural styles and influences.