Category Archives: Architects

Coopershill House County Sligo + Francis Bindon

Louder Sang that Ghost Really, it’s the perfect Georgian box in the perfect grouping in the perfect setting. Coopershill House took 19 years to build; over 240 years later the house and estate are still in great shape. Dr Roderick … Continue reading

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Mount Falcon County Sligo + Phantom the Falcon

The First September The architect James Franklin Fuller sounds like he’d have been good craic at a dinner party. When not bashing out High Victorian melodramatic novels, bragging of his descent from Charlemagne or boasting of his wife’s connections to … Continue reading

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Buncrana Castle Inishowen County Donegal + Sir John Vaughan

Notes on a House | Capricorn Concerto It is one of the most romantically situated country houses in Ireland, picturesquely positioned on a peninsula off a peninsula. Buncrana Castle is perched on the edge of its namesake town, looking serenely … Continue reading

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Lath House King’s Lynn + Henry Bell

For Whom the Bell Tolls “There are 13 Grade I listed buildings in King’s Lynn,” explains local historian and former Mayor of West Norfolk, Dr Paul Richards. “There are 300 altogether including 52 Grade II*.” A member of the latter … Continue reading

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Sir John Soane’s Museum + Emily Allchurch

Collage of the Titans After organising a hugely successful and academically driven Irish Georgian Society London work-in-progress tour of Pitzhanger Manor, Sir John Soane’s country home (due to reopen to the public next year), an invitation to breakfast at his … Continue reading

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The Kavanagh Building Buenos Aires + Corina Kavanagh

Concrete Idea It’s as close to Brutalism as Art Deco can get. Argentine Irish developer Corina Kavanagh’s eponymous skyscraper, once the tallest in Latin America, boasts no frills monumentality. Designed in 1934 by local architects Ernesto Lagos, Luis María de … Continue reading

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Algodon Mansion Hotel Buenos Aires + Gerhard Heusch

High Flyers, Adored  Thankfully the money’s kept rolling in (and out) so it’s another suitcase in another bedroom. Stretching a rainbow tour of beauty. The art of the possible. Rest assured, not any old bedroom. Suite dreams in Buenos Aires’ … Continue reading

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Lavender’s Blue + Townley Hall Louth

Thrill of the Chaste An immaculate concept, a late Georgian flowering. Townley Hall in County Louth came about in the closing years of the 18th century. Incredibly, the house was the first private commission for the 34 year old architect … Continue reading

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The Hidden Ireland + Clonalis Roscommon

The Portrait of a Lady and Gentleman and Artists as Young Men Dia dhaoibh ar maidin. There really aren’t many left. A study of the 39 (what an odd number, why not 40?) country houses featured in the book Irish … Continue reading

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Sonneveld House Rotterdam + Dutch Functionalism

Holland Lark Image | Dutch Functionalism is in one sense a continuation of the positivistic traits of 19th century thought. That is, architecture holding meaning as a reflection or symptom of a particular stage of historical development. This interpretation of history … Continue reading

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