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Site Specific

02 (2021) Brú Chaoimhín

In the heart of the Liberties, the Fever Hospital and House of Recovery was designed by Samuel Johnston and built by Henry, Mullins, and McMahon in 1804. Renamed Brú Chaoimhín in the 1950’s, this is a unique insight into the design philosophy of a healthcare facility built to deal with many epidemics that ravaged Dublin city. Local resident and planner Kieran Rose and historian Megan Brien reveal how design was used to combat the spread of disease. Learning from the past and advocating for access to our historic built fabric is heightened by current and urgent discussions on health, architecture, and public space.

Director Bonnie Dempsey, Producer Aimie Gavin, Camera David O’Sullivan Tom Comerford, Drone Photography John McMahon, UpShot, Sound Recordist Susan Downey, Rerecording Mixer Nikki Moss, Editor David O’ Sullivan.

Contributors: Kieran Rose, Megan Brien.

Special Thanks: Health Service Executive, Irish Research Council, Colum O’Riordan, Royal College of Physicians of Ireland, Irish Architectural Archive. Emma Gilleece, Dublin City Library and Archive.

Irish Architecture Foundation 2021 © Produced by Dyehouse Films.

Opinions expressed are the contributors’ alone and do not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of the Irish Architecture Foundation or Dyehouse Films.

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