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‘Parnell Square in Photographs’ at the IAA 2014


Irish Architectural Archive,
45 Merrion Square,
10am to 5pm, Tuesdays to Fridays
Free Event 

A Recreation of the 1974 Exhibition The Architecture of Parnell Square.

In April 1974 a photographic exhibition entitled The Architecture of Parnell Square was held in the Exhibition Hall of Trinity College’s New Library. The exhibition was organised by Dr Edward McParland of Trinity’s History of Art Department and included text panels, portraits, some measured drawings, and photographs by David Davison which Desmond Guinness had commissioned as a first step in a comprehensive survey of the Square. The images revealed to a responsive public the extraordinary decorative wealth behind the severe exteriors of the Square.

The exhibition also had the effect of persuading Dublin Corporation to commission a second wave of survey photography in 1975, again with Edward McParland directing and David Davison taking the photographs. Between them, the two sets of images present a vivid record of Parnell Square, its environs, its interiors and the buildings in its centre.

As the first step in marking its fortieth anniversary in 2016, the Archive is re-presenting the wonderful black and white photographs of Parnell Square taken by David Davison for the 1974 exhibition.

photo of Parnell Square, north side from steps of No. 14. David Davison, 1974.

Parnell Square in Photographs is NOT an IAF event and is delivered by The Irish Architectural Archive for more information please visit this website.