The Casino in Marino

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Where: 94 Casino Park, Clontarf, Dublin, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1900

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One of my very favourite buildings in Dublin, a love nest with a view, a "trompe l'oeil" in the heart of the capital!

This is different, usually we are dealing with new buildings which have dis-improved over the years. Whereas we can see from the Street view link supplied by sharon.corbet that this building looks 100% better than it did 100 years ago - well done OPW.

Sharon also links us to a short history of the Casino in Marino again thanks to our friends at the Dictionary of Irish Architects www.DIA.ie

The following is from Heritage Ireland (I found this myself!!)

The Casino was designed by Sir William Chambers as a pleasure house for James Caulfeild, 1st Earl of Charlemont. It is one of the finest 18th century neo-classical buildings in Europe The Casino, meaning "small house", surprisingly contains 16 finely decorated rooms, endlessly rich in subtlety and design. It is a remarkable building - both in terms of structure and history.

The Casino is located at Marino, just off the Malahide Road and only three miles north of the centre of Dublin.

Photographer: Thomas H. Mason

Collection: The Mason Photographic Collection

Date: Circa 1901 - 1910

NLI Ref: M14/28

You can also view this image, and many thousands of others, on the NLI’s catalogue at catalogue.nli.ie

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    sharon.corbet

    • 21/Aug/2015 07:34:25

    DIA article on the Casino. It was designed by Sir William Chambers.

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    DannyM8

    • 21/Aug/2015 07:44:44

    I was there once, a great place to visit. It looks better today than it does in this photograph.

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    sharon.corbet

    • 21/Aug/2015 07:54:02

    Streetview OSI Map

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    Wendy:

    • 21/Aug/2015 07:54:17

    Yes indeed; and it has been so well restored!

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    sharon.corbet

    • 21/Aug/2015 07:57:22

    The Archiseek article includes floorplans of the building. "For such an architecturally important building, the Casino is deceptively small – only fifty feet square to the outer columns. Yet the interior contains three floors of accommodation. In plan it is a greek cross with each projecting elevation framed by a pair of columns." "The decoration is also functional – the urns contain chimneys while the outermost columns contain the down pipes from the gutters so as not to spoil the elevations."

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    sharon.corbet

    • 21/Aug/2015 07:58:45

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] I was there years ago, and I keep meaning to go again, but unfortunately it doesn't open in the winter which tends to be the only time I get to Ireland these days.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/Aug/2015 08:14:00

    I am in shock..... the Flickr mapping tool actually has the Casino Marino marked on the Map, is this a first?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/Aug/2015 08:29:24

    Our friends in Dublin City Public Libraries have a short video detailing the history of the Building. DCPL Video

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    sharon.corbet

    • 21/Aug/2015 08:37:45

    French or one of his colleagues also visited the Casino. It used to be near a lake. There were 8 tunnels leading from it too.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/Aug/2015 08:55:44

    Am I seeing "Goal posts" in the mid left background?

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    ken Dowdall

    • 21/Aug/2015 08:57:42

    Yes he had the tunnels built so his view would not be spoilt by the staff coming and going to the big house. Rumour had it that it was built because the view to the sea from the main house was blocked by the building of Marino Cresent, that of Bram Stoker fame, also rumour has it that Micheal Collins Tested out the sub machine guns in the tunnels.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 21/Aug/2015 09:08:54

    In 1901, the Irish Times was complaining as to the state of repair of the Casino. They say some of the figures have fallen off and had not been replaced. Is it fair then to say that this photo is probably after 1901 as it looks like some work has been done to remedy the deterioration?

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    Gabriel Roldán

    • 21/Aug/2015 13:18:40

    Es lindo e Historico! <3 <3

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 22/Aug/2015 10:39:58

    Have a look at this Album - we are getting close to 100 photos with over 50,000 views !!!! [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/sets/72157651136879037]

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    silverio10

    • 23/Aug/2015 21:21:18

    Muy buena serie de fotos antiguas .

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    sharon.corbet

    • 24/Aug/2015 07:10:52

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland] There have been at least two restorations in recentish years. One during the 1980's and one on the last few years. (Though apparently not everyone appreciates that later one.)

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 25/Aug/2015 19:25:30

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] Thanks for that Sharon. We studied the Marino for a time in art/architecture (1980s) and there was a focus in the text on the (then) recent restoration. Interesting to read Redmill's take on the later efforts. Thanks for sharing.

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    poncho640

    • 31/Aug/2015 16:52:48

    How old is it?

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 31/Aug/2015 18:55:18

    Hi [https://www.flickr.com/photos/bajaponcho] - Per its Wikipedia article, the Casino at Marino was built ca.1750 (about 260 years ago). This photo of if was taken ca.1900 (about 115 years ago).