On the Curve

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The east wing of the Curvilinear Range at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin. This is the oldest section of the building, dating from 1843 at a time when the gardens were still under the supervision of the Royal Dublin Society (they passed into state care in 1877). Constructed by local contractor William Clancy who had submitted the lowest bid, the range was soon extended to the design of Dublin ironmaster Richard Turner who would go on to be responsible for many similar works elsewhere, not least the Great Palm House at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Note the incorporation of the RDS’s name over the entrance, and on a length of the gutter that of Mr Clancy, a small compensation for his labours since who effectively bankrupted himself when the estimate of costs proved hopelessly inadequate.

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2 comments on “On the Curve

  1. jenjunebug says:

    aww, well thank you for pointing out his name – so sad he lost money over it.

  2. I have had a keen interest on green houses and have fiddled with a few over the years but this curved roof is magnificent. Having just enjoyed visiting my daughter who interned as a researcher at the New York Botanical Garden with their own magnificent cache of greenhouses I am ready to hop over and see this too!

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