Public Palladianism

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The spirit of Palladianism lingered far longer in Ireland than elsewhere, and was present in the design not just of private houses but also public buildings. In the latter category among the very last such work was the Blue Coat School (now the Law Society of Ireland) designed in the early 1770s by Thomas Ivory. Among the pleasures of this property are the details of the façade. The granite rusticated quadrants, for example, have niches, the round tops of which together with the string coursing are of Portland stone (see above). Similarly the monolithic solidity of the two large end pavilions (one intended for use as a schoolroom, the other a chapel) is relieved at the bases by blind oculi once more of Portland stone inserted into granite (below).

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