Pearse House (top), Pearse Street, Dublin 2 and Markievicz House, Townsend Street, Dublin 2.
Two listed Dublin apartment blocks by architect Herbert Simms face demolition…
The council’s housing committee has voted to start the process of “delisting” Pearse House and Markievicz House so that the dilapidated flats can be demolished and replaced with “decent modern accommodation”.
Residents of the two complexes on Townsend Street in the south-east inner-city have long campaigned for the redevelopment of their blocks and recently protested outside the council’s officers over a rat infestation.
Attempts to refurbish flat blocks of a similar age had proved more costly than building anew, Chris Andrews [Sinn Féin Councillor] said.
These are beautiful buildlngs …by a genuine hero of Dublin housing …they are some of the finest in the city…. I would like to see evidence that refurbishment is not cost effective…