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New Exhibition at the Irish Architectural Archive - Christ Church Restored

Published: Thursday, January 19, 2012

Presented in association with the Christ Church Cathedral Culture Committee, this exhibition will run until the end of February 2012. A lecture series will accompany the exhibition, details of which will be available shortly.

Cathedral restorations are often an outcome of concerns for the state of the fabric and this has certainly been the case at Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin. The collapse of the nave vault in 1562 and the remedial work undertaken then is recorded in some detail in the Proctor accounts of Peter Lewis. Sometime in the mid-eighteenth century a long ungainly nave-length buttress was added to support the north nave wall and arcade. In 1829 a ‘sudden and great alarm during time of service’ forced the authorities to close the cathedral and to undertake extensive repairs under the supervision of the architect Matthew Price. Most significantly, the cathedral was substantially restored in from 1871 to 1878 by the architect George Edmund Street and with the financial support of Henry Roe. The panels in this exhibition attempt to set the context and outline the achievement of this restoration.


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