The Devoured Landscape Dublin

Designed by Michael Scott 1944

Designed by Michael Scott 1944

Its outrageous with the housing crisis in this country and this city that these beautiful blocks of flats are to be destroyed, demolished, disappeared forever. The rejuvenation process and the monies for it have not been decided upon. There are hundreds of people homeless on our streets, thousands on the waiting lists.
I’ve been inside this unique block and in my opinion it is well worth maintaining. Beautiful light, curved walls (no corners), excellent sized rooms, truly a wonderful piece of architecture and so well built.

My fathers family came from Charlemont Street long ago and as a child I played around up here and always admired the difference of Ffrench Mullan flats. The difference creates curiosity, fills the mind and the spirit and encourages one to explore.

This site will be rendered to a speculator who will build a tiny amount of social housing and a substantial amount of commercial enterprise and private apartments. The residents of Charlemont Street, Tom Kelley flat complex have been left in a deplorable situation by Dublin City Council, the Irish Government and builder speculators. The same is the case for the residents of O Devaney Gardens, Dorset Street, Dolphins Barn, Fatima Mansions to name but a few. Who knows when this community will enter into their new homes on site because there is certainly another 5-10 years of development of this particular city centre location.

Today there is a small gathering of residents and former residents of Charlemont and Tom Kelley flats and Ffrench Mullan house along with public representatives to bid farewell to these blocks prior to their demolition. For me, it will be one of great sadness and disappointment because I see this as a further erosion and dispossession of city communities and their culture.

Article from today’s Irish Times on the demolition of Ffrench Mullan House

Archiseek description of Ffrench Mullan House

91 Camden Street-Protecting the protected structure – update

Here is the response from Dublin City Council in relation to alleged unlawful work taking place on the protected structure at 91 Camden Street Dublin.  

As requested at Tuesday’s SPC I outline below details regarding the alleged unauthorised development at 91 Camden Street.

The Planning Department received a complaint on 9 September 2013 that work was taking place to the rear gable and roof of this building. Due to the nature of the complaint, an initial inspection was carried out as a matter of urgency but the Enforcement Officer was unable to access the site until 16 September. When ispected, there was no one on site and no works taking place.

On 16 September, the Enforcement officer confirmed ownership of the building (not the person alleged by complainant). The Enforcement Section issued a Warning Letter on 19 September 2013 allowing the owners 2 weeks to respond. The normal response period is 4 weeks but given the seriousness of the case it was determined that more urgent action was required.

The response period expires Thursday, 3 October 2013. A follow up inspection will immediately be carried out to determine what futher action is to be taken.

See also comments in Archiseek and images of the original roof structure