PHOTOGRAPHED 22 FEBRUARY
Many months have passed since I last visited North Brunswick Street but as I was in the area I decided to photograph the street using my iPhone 12 Pro Max which I use as a camera and a GPS device.
As a matter of interest Pearse Street, on the south side of the river Liffey, was originally named Great Brunswick Street. I know this because I checked to see if there was a South Brunswick Street in Dublin.
The first recorded reference of the Dominican sisters in Ireland is 1644 in Galway. The sisters arrived in Dublin, first establishing themselves in Channel Row (Brunswick Street) in 1717 and later moving to Clontarf in 1808.
Brunswick Street North in Dublin boasts a unique architectural heritage, with buildings spanning various eras and styles. It was named Great Brunswick Street for the House of Brunswick, holders of the British and Irish crown from 1714 to 1901.
Until recently Dublin District Court (No. 100): Formerly the Richmond Hospital, this imposing Victorian structure dates back to 1890 and served as a medical facility for almost a century. Its grand facade and red-brick exterior exude a sense of history and gravitas. Today, it functions as a busy courthouse, adding to the character of the streetscape.
Carmichael Centre (No. 35-37): Originally built as St. John’s Convent in the 1860s, this Gothic Revival building served as a religious institution for many years. Later, it housed a medical clinic and offices. Today, it’s a vibrant cultural centre offering arts events, workshops, and community initiatives.
40A Brunswick Street North: This modest Georgian terrace house from around 1800 stands out for its elegant elliptical-arched doorway and well-preserved brickwork. It served as a residence and bakery in the past and currently functions as apartments. Its presence reflects the street’s historical evolution from primarily residential to a mix of uses.
98 Brunswick Street North: This detached two-storey house from the mid-19th century is a rare survivor of its kind on the street. With its Flemish bond brickwork, six-over-six pane sash windows, and bracketed cornice doorway, it embodies the architectural style of the era and offers a glimpse into the street’s past residential character.
Block E, Blackhall Square: This contemporary apartment building stands in contrast to the historical structures. Its sleek design and glass facade reflect modern architectural trends and contribute to the diverse streetscape.