"Unidentified building in unknown location" is St Mary's Hospital, Phoenix Park

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Where: Dublin, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1960

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Nothing as exciting as Beagle Balls, collapsing prison walls and daring rescues today! We have a large institutional building photographed by the Wiltshires in the middle of the last century. It looks like a convent or seminary but where is it?

And derangedlemur very quickly identified this as an institutional building in Dublin's Phoenix Park. Today's contributors tell us that it was initially built as the Royal Hibernian Military School, was developed as a hospital in the early 20th century, was a "chest hospital" around the time this photo was taken, and is now St Mary's Hospital - primarily caring for 'dependent older persons'....


Photographer: Elinor Wiltshire

Collection: Wiltshire Photographic Collection

Date: 1951-1971

NLI Ref: Wil 54 P

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

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Owner: National Library of Ireland on The Commons
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    derangedlemur

    • 13/Jun/2017 07:24:11

    Looks like a hospital. Let's see what NIAH has to say on the matter.

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    derangedlemur

    • 13/Jun/2017 07:31:27

    In fact, it looks like St Mary's in the phoenix park: www.buildingsofireland.ie/niah/search.jsp?type=record&...

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    derangedlemur

    • 13/Jun/2017 07:32:37

    OSI: maps.osi.ie/publicviewer/#V2,710770,734555,11,9 No Streetview.

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    DannyM8

    • 13/Jun/2017 07:43:06

    Good Job

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 13/Jun/2017 08:01:28

    Flickr is sometimes amazing - in 2012 by https://www.flickr.com/photos/eyair/ https://www.flickr.com/photos/eyair/6962711240/The red tree has been well nursed.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 13/Jun/2017 08:12:56

    Bing aerial view

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    Niall McAuley

    • 13/Jun/2017 08:14:25

    Originally the Royal Hibernian Military School per the DIA

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    Niall McAuley

    • 13/Jun/2017 08:29:46

    Summertime by the looks of the flowers on the rose? bushes?

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 13/Jun/2017 08:30:54

    Did Mr French / Lawrence photograph this building? Not finding anything in the catalogue ...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 13/Jun/2017 08:38:35

    It was a military school until 1922 per wikipedia

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 13/Jun/2017 09:16:59

    "Hibernian School" search found Mr French's photos - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000319374 catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000319373 catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000326228 Ed - but it looks like a different building, number of windows, bell tower etc Ed 2- the NIAH says "Main block modified in recent decades to have extra column of window openings between each bay. Modern clock inset to pediment, and four-sided cupola to apex with round-headed openings to each face and copper dome over." As you were - stand easy.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 13/Jun/2017 09:22:10

    From this .pdf info booklet on the Hospital: ... 1922 when the building was handed over to the Free State Government. The building was subsequently developed as a hospital by the Irish Army and continued as a hospital for the Defence Forces until 1948. In 1948the hospital transferred to the Dublin Health Authority and was developed for use as a Chest Hospital. Finally, in 1964 the hospital changed to a Facility for the Elderly. So if this is the 50s, it's a chest hospital. Chest hospitals used to be a big deal back in the days of TB.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 13/Jun/2017 09:37:56

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia 319373 and 74 are the same building, it has been altered somewhat in the meantime.

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    sam2cents

    • 13/Jun/2017 09:52:14

    When I first saw this I thought it looks incredibly similar in style to the Ordnance Survey offices in the Phoenix Park. I guess they must have been designed by the same architect.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 13/Jun/2017 12:38:59

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/sam2cents] The DIA linked above says Thomas Cooley designed the chapel in 1771, and may also have designed the school. Not recorded as the designer of the OS offices. The original Castleknock Lodge on the OS site was from 1728, before Cooley was born.

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    sam2cents

    • 13/Jun/2017 14:53:34

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley That is very interesting. Thanks!

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    Photoamble.

    • 13/Jun/2017 17:01:35

    You are looking at the Albert Collage off the Ballymun Rd . This collage turned out many great farmers from the nineteenth century to closing in mid 50s .

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    cv.mc

    • 13/Jun/2017 18:33:39

    I think it's St.Marys hospital, phoenix park.

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 13/Jun/2017 23:37:23

    Thanks all - especially https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] for the quick identification. Map/desc/etc all updated!