The Custom House would have to be one of the most impressive buildings in Dublin. Described as "one of the jewels in the city's architectural crown," this neo-classic styled building took 10 years to build and was completed in 1791.
The Custom House was the first major public building built in Dublin. When it first opened, the building was exclusively the headquarters of the Commissioners of Custom and Excise, by the beginning of the 20th century, its main use was by local government.
Located beside the River Liffey, the wet dock beside the Custom house was capable of receiving 40 vessels. I wonder if they were in awe of this magnificent building when they arrived in their sailing ships and docked beside it.
It was burnt to the ground in May, 1921 during the Irish War of Independence. In 1928, it was completely restored, then more restoration was completed in the 1980s.
The exterior of the Custom House is richly adorned with sculptures, carved keystones and a coats-of-arms. On the main pediment, Hibernia is seen embracing Britannia while Neptune drives away famine and despair. Above the pediment stand four more figures symbolising Neptune, Mercury, Industry and Plenty, whilst on top of the dome stands a large figure of Commerce. The roof line coats of arms are of the Kingdom of Ireland with a Lion and a Unicorn either side of the Irish Harp.
On the north face at Beresford Place are personifications of the four continents of world trade – Europe, with a cornucopia, a sword and a helmet, Asia, in a full dress, Africa, a half nude woman with frizzy hair and America, a woman with feathers as headgear.
Other sculptures are riverine heads personifying the Atlantic, and the rivers Bann, Barrow, Blackwater, Boyne, Erne, Foyle, Lagan, Lee, Liffey, Nore, Shannon, Slaney and the Suir.
My accommodation was opposite the Custom House so this was the first building i saw from my room. James Gandon was the architect in charge and he started work in 1791 and completed his masterpiece 10 years later for a cost of 200,000 pounds. The sculptures that can be seen in various parts of the building were work of the famous Irish sculptor, Edward Smyth. Don't forget to look up to the top of the building where you can see some of his magnificent work. It was exclusively used for the HQ of Commissioners of Custom and Excise but by the beginning of the 20th century the dominant roll was in relation to the government. During the Irish War of Independence the Custom House was burnt to the ground in 1921 but was restored by 1928. Further restoration work took place in the eighties and was ready for the bicentenary celebrations in 1991. Today it holds the offices of the Department of Environment.
Best photographs can be taken from the other side of the river, especially when it is illuminated at night.
Constructed in the 1780s for the enormous sum of 200,000 pounds, to a design of architect James Gandon (1743-1823), who was also responsible for the Four Courts building and other neoclassical piles around Dublin.
The Custom House was heavily damaged (though later rebuilt) in the 1921 War of Independence. The post-war restoration used native Irish limestone that was darker than the Portland stone used for the base of the building.
The Customs House is a magnificent structure, especially illuminated at night. Its location is ideal and if you like architecture as I do, you will really appreciate its beauty from George’s Quay across the Liffey from its location. As an architectural standpoint the structure is quite impressive. The main facade is made of a pavillion located at each end with a Doric portico located in the center and crowning the pavillions are the "Arms of Ireland" and some allegorical heads and topping the dome is a statue of "Commerce".
It served as the customs and exercise building for only 9 years from its completion since the “1800 Act of Union” moved the customs to London rendering this building obsolete.
I read in my guide book that in “1921 supporters of Sinn Fein celebrated their election victory” by setting the building on fire for they saw it as “British Symbolism”. The fire raged for 5 days causing extensive damage to the building and wasn’t completed restored to what you see today until 1991. The building is currently used as government offices.
The Custom House is often considered architecturally the most important building in Dublin. This European neo-classical masterpiece that sits majestically on the river front was completed in 1791 by renowed architect James Gandon. This is actually the second Custom House built in Dublin, the previous one built in 1707 only lasted 70 years.
The visitor Center contains exhibitions on the history of the Custom House including the 1921 fire and its restoration as well as a museum featuring the architect Gandon.
It's open daily and admission is free.
this majestic building was built in 1791 by the british architect james gandon. in 1800 the act of union transfered the customs and excise duties to london thus making this building obsolete. in 1921 supporters of the sinn fein set this building on fire. the fire burned for five days causing extensive damage to the building. reconstruction of the customs house began in 1926 but it was not until 1991 that the work was completed. this building is lit up at night which is an impressive sight along the leffey river.
The custom House stands along River Liffey at Custom House Quay, on the north side of the river. It is an impressive building, 114 metres long. It was designed by James Gandon, an Georgian architect, and was built between 1781 - 1791. The building is in neoclassical style, with arcades and it is decorated with many sculptures.
During the Civil War 1921 -1922 the interior was destroyed by fire and after that the building had to undergo serious reconstruction. The dome and drum were completely rebuilt.
The Custom House is an important landmark in Dublin, often considered the most important building in the city and was the first major public building built here as an isolated structure with four monumental facades. It is sited on the river front with Beresford Place but it isnt the original Custom House building, existing a previous one up river at Essex Quay until 1781 when was started the construction of the new in this location.
The interior of the bulding was destroyed during the Irish Civil War of 1921-1922.
The exterior is adorned with sculptures and coats-of-arms and a series of sculpted keystones symbolising the rivers of Ireland.
Custom House is an impressive Georgian building made from Portland stone and completed in 1791. It now contains government offices and a Visitor Centre (which I didn't visit). The best view is from the south side of the Liffey.
Admission is free.
This government building was designed by the English architect James Gandon as costums office. A fire in 1921 caused severe damage, the restauration was only finished in 1991.
Two pavilions with the Irish emblem flank the facade. he statue on the copper dome symbolizes trade. The view from the Southern bank of the Liffey is the best.
As you walk along the Liffey the 'new' Custom House is the imposing building to be seen. Built in 1791 it has a green copper roof. The docks were closed in the 20th C and in 1987 development started to rejuenate the area into a high-tech financial district.
A magbificebt Georgian Building on the north side of the River Liffey.
To-day it houses the Department of the Environment.
During British rule it housed records. It was burned by the IRB (IRA) on the orders of the Provisional Government of the Irish Republic in 1920 and all the records therin were destroyed.