Frescati House, Blackrock

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Once one of the great houses of Dublin and today a shopping mall, the demolition of this building was viewed by quite a few as a "monumental act of vandalism".

B-59 draws our attention to the Frescati House Wikipedia article which covers its history and association with the FitzGerald family and United Irishmen. Perhaps most interesting however (made relevant in recent times with events affecting other 18th century manor homes) are the sections of the Wikipedia article dealing with the 15 year fight to save Frescati from demolition. Ultimately unsuccessfully.....

Photographer: Robert French

Collection: Lawrence Photograph Collection

Date: between 1880-1900

NLI Ref: L_ROY_05948

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    Niall McAuley

    • 05/Aug/2016 07:42:39

    OSI 25" map link" at GeoHive

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    domenico milella

    • 05/Aug/2016 07:58:43

    Nice shot.

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    • 05/Aug/2016 07:59:14

    yes absolute vandalism --Blackrock is much the worse for its loss!

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    • 05/Aug/2016 08:09:08

    By my not-very-scientific calculations, Streetview - ! ! ! ! ! !

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    • 05/Aug/2016 08:15:25

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    • 05/Aug/2016 08:25:08

    ^^ - great detailed wiki article - recommended.

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    CHG PRO PHOTOGRAPHY incorporating the APL archives

    • 05/Aug/2016 09:40:10

    Should it not be "Frascati House"?

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    CHG PRO PHOTOGRAPHY incorporating the APL archives

    • 05/Aug/2016 09:41:45

    Oh, yes, I see! It's certainly in use these days....

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    • 05/Aug/2016 09:59:04 Totally agree, a terrible loss to the area.

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    • 05/Aug/2016 11:04:03

    Looking very sad in 1977 -

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    • 05/Aug/2016 21:40:59

    The Frescati House United Irishmen Limerick There once was a House called Frescati Where gathered the famous and arty. So much variety Of Irish society - They went to a marvellous party ...
    With a nod and a wink to Noel Coward -

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    maorlando - God keeps me as I lean on Him!!

    • 06/Aug/2016 02:22:16

    What a travesty... a fine example of marvelous architecture... shame... shame on those who brought it down!!!

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    Dr. Ilia

    • 12/Aug/2016 08:00:18

    Cool shot

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    Niall McAuley

    • 08/May/2023 14:36:56

    No dating info on this one: nearby in the catalogue, L_ROY_05951 is Rathmines after the 1899 tram electrification. Likewise L_ROY_05952, lots of men in boaters. A long way back in the catalogue, street scene L_ROY_05933 includes a poster with the date Monday 2nd August. If that is after 1899, it is either 1909 or 1915.