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dmun 09-26-2005 08:58 AM

Chimneys of Dublin
 
As sort of a follow-up to James's photo essay about the arches of Provence, here's one about the chimneys of Dublin.

http://www.arcadianclock.com/everything/chimney/3.jpg

The Irish are seriously devoted to obsolete technology. Here in
the center of Dublin is a working lock, in a channel far too small
for any commercial shipping.

http://www.arcadianclock.com/everything/chimney/1.jpg

Dublin is a city of chimneys. These pictures were some digital
snapshots taken in the evening after my work on a business trip. As
the pictures progress the evening got darker, and the photos worse,
while I walked from the modest neighborhood where I was staying into
the center of town, the chimneys got better.

http://www.arcadianclock.com/everything/chimney/2.jpg

Here's a number with elaborate bracketed dentils and three colors
of brick.

http://www.arcadianclock.com/everything/chimney/4.jpg

You can only see the profile here, but these chimneys step up from
a wide base to a narrower top with a chamfered transition.

dmun 09-26-2005 09:11 AM

Chimneys of Dublin part 2
 
http://www.arcadianclock.com/everything/chimney/5.jpg

Here's a better view of that dentiled detail. Note the nicely
decorated chimney pots.

http://www.arcadianclock.com/everything/chimney/6.jpg

The chimneys of Dublin acquire their aesthetic force through
repetition. This was an entire block of townhouses stretching in two
directions with row upon row of half-house wide chimneys.

http://www.arcadianclock.com/everything/chimney/7.jpg

Here's a hansome example in limestone, with a well proportioned
pediment.

http://www.arcadianclock.com/everything/chimney/9.jpg

Here's one towering over a turret, with inset quarter colums in
the corners.

dmun 09-26-2005 09:12 AM

Chimneys of Dublin part 3
 
http://www.arcadianclock.com/everything/chimney/10.jpg

Here chimneys flank either side of a small tower. Note that the
chimney pots have been removed: This is a commercial building. It's
important to note that the coal grates that all these multitudes of
flues vented have been illegal to use for years: Air polution made
coal burning impossible. Note the nice acanthus bezel around that
horrible modern clock dial.

http://www.arcadianclock.com/everything/chimney/12.jpg

What a horrible photo. Note the paired chimneys, with the radiused
edges in limestone.

http://www.arcadianclock.com/everything/chimney/13.jpg
Here's an example of a tee section chimney, with nice limestone
detailing.

http://www.arcadianclock.com/everything/chimney/14.jpg

Another, better, clock dial, with a double row of chimneys in the
background.

dmun 09-26-2005 09:13 AM

Chimneys of Dublin part 4
 
http://www.arcadianclock.com/everything/chimney/15.jpg

Here's another radius edged chimney. You can see that it's really
starting to get dark.

http://www.arcadianclock.com/everything/chimney/16.jpg

It's pitch black now, but I wanted to get a picture of the
detailing in the corners of this chimney.

http://www.arcadianclock.com/everything/chimney/8.jpg

I end this tour of Dublin with a picture of this nice flame
finial. I commented to the man I was visiting that the Irish seemed
like a nation of mad competitive bricklayers. He said, no, that when
an Irishman builds a house it's plain and un-ornamented. In the 19th
century Dublin was the second city of the British Empire, and he lays
the mania for decoration upon the British.

I appologize for the picture quality throughout. There just wasn't
enought light for good photography, the time I had to do this.


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