Simms’ City


Herbert Simms City‘.

Tribute to a modernist public servant.

By Paddy Cahill, who writes:

I though you might be interested in a short piece we have just made looking at some of the Dublin buildings of former Dublin Corporation Housing Architect, Herbert Simms, top, (who oversaw the building of 17,000 new homes in Dublin City).

Overworked and under-appreciated, Simms took his own life at the age of 50 on September 27th 1948 leaving a note: “I cannot stand it any longer, my brain is too tired to work any more. It has not had a rest for 20 years except when I am in heavy sleep. It is always on the go like a dynamo and still the work is being piled on to me.”

This short film observes some of Simms designs, while we hear Nell Regan’s poem inspired by him, and Irene Buckley’s original musical composition.

Top pic: Irish Times


Architect Kevin Roche: Dublin born but raised in Mitchelstown, County Cork,

Kevin Roche, the Irish-American architect and Pritzker laureate known whose modernist sensibility transformed America’s post-war cultural and corporate institutions, has died of natural causes in his home in Guilford, Connecticut. News of Roche’s passing was first posted to the website of his office, Kevin Roche John Dinkeloo and Associates late on 02 March. He was 96 years old.

Kevin Roche, Celebrated Designer of Post-War America, Passes away at 96 (ArchitectDaily)

Kevin Roche, Architect Who Melded Bold With Elegant, Dies at 96 (New York Times)

Pic: Roche, Dinkloo & Associatesd

7 thoughts on “Simms’ City

  1. theo kretschmar schuldorff

    Teriffic homage Paddy.
    … There’s not a bit of the city that bears his name despite having built so much of it.
    The struggles of his street-naming contemporaries saw swathes of the city destroyed. He too gave his life for a Ireland, a better Ireland in the best sense.

    1. Paddy Cahill

      Many thanks! Luckily his work seems to be getting appreciated in more recent times.

  2. Frilly Keane

    I taut’ Kevin Roche was from Cork

    Feck sake

    I’ll have ta’ dig out that book and change a bit out now

    1. Rob_G

      Neither is Rory Gallagher, but you would never know that from talking to any Cork people…

      1. Frilly Keane

        Hang on now
        I knew he waddent from Cork

        But always thought Kevin Roche was
        I remember his testimony during the Spenser Dock hearings
        Twas brilliant

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