The Bank Of Ireland
Photographer: Mares, Frederick H
Medium: Photographic print
"This noble structure, formerly the parliament house, but purchased after the act of union by the company of the Bank of Ireland, is probably not exceeded in beauty of design by any building in Europe. It faces College-green, and is nearly at right angles to the front of the College. The centre of this edifice is a grand colonnade of the Ionic order, occupying three sides of a court-yard; the columns are lofty, and rest on a flight of steps, continued entirely round the court-yard, and to the extremities of the colonnade, where are the entrances, under two archways. The four central columns support a pediment, whose tympanum is ornamented by the royal arms; and on its apex stands a well-executed figure of Hibernia, with Fidelity on her right and Commerce on her left hand. This magnificent centre is connected with the eastern and western fronts, which contend with it in beauty, by circular screen walls, the height of the building, enriched with dressed niches, and a rusticated basement...A military guard-room has been erected adjacent to the western front, the entrance through a magnificent archway, ornamented with Ionic columns, and crowned with military trophies, forming the extremity of Forster-place. The interior of this superb edifice fully corresponds with the majesty of its external appearance. While used as a senate house, the middle door under the portico led directly to the House of Commons, passing through a great hall called the Court of Requests".
Descriptive letterpress from the book 'Photographs of Dublin'.