Herbert Simms

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Herbert Simms, who was appointed by Dublin Corporation of the city’s first housing architect,  is probably best known for the development of the city’s corporation flats, such as Chancery Place near the Four Courts. Photograph: G&T Crampton Archive

Few argue against the State having a role in the provision of social housing for those who do not have the means to house themselves. But how deeply (...)

Pearse House flats Photograph:  Tom Honan

Two Dublin flat complexes, designed by renowned architect Herbert Simms, face demolition following a decision to initiate their removal from the Recor(...)

Mercer House flats in Dublin: architects seek their preservation while residents live with the flaws.  Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Recently, the self-described “Ronaldo of the property market” Greg Kavanagh sought permission to build a block of apartments at the foot of the Dublin(...)

The Mercer Street flats in Dublin, designed by Herbert Simms: “It is a lovely building . . . but the place is in bits,” said Independent councillor Sonya Stapleton. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Dublin flat tenants are living in “appalling, filthy dirty, manky conditions” in “beautiful architectural buildings” that happen to be protected struc(...)

Mercer House on Mercer Street, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Hundreds of protected historic flats, including blocks designed by renowned Dublin housing architect Herbert Simms, face “delisting” and demolition un(...)

Herbert Simms built 17,000 homes in Dublin in his tenure as housing architect from 1932 to 1948.

A local government committee tasked with investigating the living conditions of Dublin’s lowest income families found private rented homes which were (...)

Building site: workmen lay concrete at the Gresham Hotel on O’Connell Street, 1926-7. Photograph: Dartmouth Building Works Collection/courtesy Irish Architectural Archive

A hundred years ago, at the end of May 1916, what was then called Sackville Street lay in smouldering ruins. Intensive shelling had left the street –(...)

Charming guff: Nigella Lawson, back on BBC Two. Photograph: Gary Moyes

This is the year of Irish design, which I suspect will come as news to people who aren’t directly involved in or especially interested in that world. (...)