The Custom House, Dublin

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The Custom House is a neoclassical 18th century building in Dublin, Ireland which houses the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government. It is located on the north bank of the River Liffey, on Custom House Quay between Butt Bridge and Talbot Memorial Bridge.HistoryOriginsA previous Custom House had been built in 1707 by engineer Thomas Burgh (1670–1730). However, by the late 18th century it was deemed unfit for purpose.The building of a new Custom House for Dublin was the idea of John Beresford, who became first commissioner of revenue for Ireland in 1780. In 1781 he appointed James Gandon as architect, after Thomas Cooley, the original architect on the project, had died. This was Gandon's first large scale commission. The new Custom House was unpopular with the Dublin Corporation and some city merchants who complained that it moved the axis of the city, would leave little room for shipping, and it was being built on what at the time was a swamp. Purchase of land was delayed and proved exorbitant and the laying of foundations was disrupted by the High Sheriff and members of the Dublin Corporation with a mob of several thousand. However, Beresford was determined to complete the project and ignored the protests.
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  • August 12, 2017
    This is a fine public building and is best viewed from George's Quay. It is impressive by day or night.  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    18th-century building, in neo-classical style, located along the River Liffey. Once the site of customs, now houses municipal offices. The façade is surmounted by a dome, is characterized by a beautiful Doric portico.
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  • August 6, 2017
    It is 375 feet long and flanked by pavilioned arcades decorated with the Irish Coat of Arms. There are 14 heads on the building that represent Ireland's rivers. It was burned to a shell in 1921 but re...  more »
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    James Gandon creation.Lovely architecture style.Custom house has its historical landmarks on the bank of River Liffley. Opened for visitors during summer Thursdays and Fridays from 2 till 4 pm
  • January 7, 2017
    We visit Custom House during the new years eve! Really beautiful
  • May 25, 2017
    Beautiful architecture on the Liffey
  • January 24, 2017
    The best view is from the other side of the river. During the night as well.
  • March 21, 2017
    Beautiful building to photograph, especially at night

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