“there are so many doors to open. I am impatient to begin…” – Charlie Gordan, Flowers for Algernon.
Many Dubliners are familiar with the well-known comercial souvenir poster, prominent in pubs and language schools, showing a grid of photographs depicting lovely painted Georgian doors. The simple, elegant Neo-Classical restraint of Georgian doors are of course wonderful. But, as one of the main vehicles for architectural expression, the doors of our capital are far more varied than that.
From genuine medieval to 19th century medieval pastiche, from neo-Romanesque to neo-Gothic revival, the 14 doors below show a range of period historical and architectural styles that reflects the richness, diversity and quality of Dublin’s built heritage.
As I do these days, i have dressed this little photo-essay in the guise of a quiz…. How many of these portals can you identify and name? All bar one are in Dublin city centre, and I think the exception is easy to spot. Your responses via the comments bar please. Answers will be revealed over the next the 5 or 6 days. Enjoy, and best of luck.
Number 1- In the shadowy gloom below this huge portico and behind these vast, soaring columns, where is this door?
Number 2- Where is this splendid and ornate door ?
3- and this one ?
4- and this ?
5- and this door? Where and what?
Number 6- A church obviously, in the Romanesque style. But which church ?
Number 7, below. – where is this?
Okay, you are half way there. 7 more to go. Here is number 8. Where is this old door?
Number 9- I suspect this is the most difficult question in the quiz. Or rather, given the large sculpture of a basking shark floating across the front of this door, this is an obvious you know-it or-you-don’t.
10- Where is this elegant early 18th-century entrance?
11- Where do these two wonderful sculpted heads flank this door? If you are temporarily stuck, then think about the precise iconography of the two characters depicted. The choice was very deliberate. ..
12- Where and what is this building ?
13- and this, penultimate, door… ?
15- Finally, where is this riot of primary colour?
Response via the comments bar please. The answers will be revealed over the next week.