During our short stay in Dublin we were fortunate to be able to spend a day in Dublin with TE member Noel Byrne and he was kind enough to show us some of his ‘special places’.
A highlight was discovering the petite but immaculate Marino Casino where we had a really excellent tour of the interior. Noel himself has written some excellent and extensive notes on the place and there is little I can add. The following details were taken from the website archiseek.com
Acknowledged as the most important neo-classical building in Ireland, the Casino was designed by Sir William Chambers for Lord Charlemont as a garden pavilion at his Marino Estate. The only part of the great estate to survive, the Casino was under construction from 1755 to the mid 1770′s and underwent many years of neglect from 1881 when the Charlemont Estate was sold until 1930 when an Act of Parliament was enacted to allow it to be taken into state ownership. Recently restored by the Office of Public Works, the building now stands as a perfect example of Chambers’ work and the cultural aspirations of the Irish ruling classes.
Chambers was always proud of his designs for the Casino but his employment in England meant that he could never travel to Ireland to see the completed building. It was an expression of his earliest influences from Paris and Rome and he wrote in his book The Treatise on Civil Architecture (1791) that it was derived from an un-executed design for ‘one of the end pavilions of a considerable disposition made soon after my return from Italy….for Harewood House.’
For such an architecturally important building, the Casino is deceptively small – only fifty feet square to the outer columns. Yet the interior contains three floors of accommodation. In plan it is a Greek cross with each projecting elevation framed by a pair of columns. The exterior façades are all richly adorned with sculptural ornament and decorative carving. Its appearance from a distance is deceptively simple – but as one approaches the rich decoration and differences in façade treatment becomes apparent. The main façades are the north and south with the entrance being on the north. These are dominated by the solid attic storey, statues and urns. The entrance façade has a doorway that rises almost to the height of the columns emphasising the monumentality of the building – even though it is entered through a door that is half the height of the outside door. This change is scale between exterior and interior allows the Casino to contain many more rooms than it would appear from outside. The decoration is also functional – the urns contain chimneys while the outermost columns contain the down pipes from the gutters so as not to spoil the elevations.
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snunney (103207) 2013-11-06 2:56
A superb capture of this charming edifice. I like very much the point of view and the inclusion of the contrasting building in the background. Lighting and colours are both excellent, allowing us to appreciate the delightful architecture to the fullest extent. Excellent clarity.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-11-06 2:56
a delightful shot of this amazing and immaculate little treasure. It is a neo classical gem set amidst the green of the emerald Isle and you have captured it beautifully. Impressive shot!
Regards from yet another wet autumn day here in England - B.
williewhistler (16404) 2013-11-06 3:41
I like the way that you have included the rather ordinary building in the BG to accentuate the lovely architectural features of the Casino,it`s remarkably attractive and you have done it full justice.
Kind regards Les.
cornejo (44635) 2013-11-06 3:44
Hi Rosemary, very good picture of this interesting building, very well made, very good sharpness, nice color and light. Great and interesting job perfectly done, congratulations my friend. Thanks for sharing this beautiful work.
Good afternoon and happy week.
Warm greetings from southern Spain.
emka (102531) 2013-11-06 3:47
I look at the photos from Dublin as is always the case before my trips. After seeing some photos and the notes accompanying them, I wonder what I can expect there, alone elderly woman who is not interested in pubs and beers, in a December short day? For sure, the weather will be not like on this photo, probably it will be grey rainy day. I am joking of course, I am always fascinated by a new place. And I haven't been in Ireland yet. You found a delightful place, this small building is really charming. Fantastic square symmetry, a bit like a small version of Villa Capra(La Rotonda).
Sergiom (84371) 2013-11-06 3:49
J'aime beaucoup que tu n'aies pas centré ce joli bâtiment dans l'image, ce qui nous permet de bien situer son environnement immédiat. J'aime les deux beaux lions qui le protège ainsi que la netteté des détails sous cette belle lumière.
mkamionka (39133) 2013-11-06 5:22
beautiful presentation of this charming little palace. I have some photos of it but not on TE. You had a great weather with the blue sky making such a beautiful background. In this light with these colors this place looks amazing.
Very well done!
PS I so regret that you have visited Dublin after I left. It seems that more and more people come to Dublin now and I miss the opportunities to meet them.
tyro (26138) 2013-11-06 8:25
I just know that Noel will love this one! I certainly do.
Your note, as always, is comprehensive and interesting (just like Noel's) and this is a striking photograph of this splendid building. The light on the building is delightful, bringing out all the features and textures of the beautiful stonework shich stands out perfectly against a glorious blue sky and the shaded foreground.
Gorgeous light and colours, perfect exposure and exquisite details and sharpness.
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-11-06 11:19
another great TE meeting and another great picture you provide us from your last trip to Ireland.
I´m sure not only Noel will love the picture.I like it very much!
Its neo-classical architecture as well as these vivid and strong contrasting colors make your presentation perfect!
Just one thing referring to the colors-the blue sky looks truly fabulous!
Have a nice evening
Kugart (1778) 2013-11-06 14:06
Dublin must be a photographers dream as there seems to be so many and varied places of interest for the happy snapper. Indeed this is a superb building with its neo classical architecture set in the Marino estate of Lord Charlemont. Nice low POV setting the casinos against a beautiful blue sky.
carlo62 (52014) 2013-11-06 15:15
ricordo di aver visto una foto di Noel da un altro angolo, questa è una bellissima architettura dal carattere palladiano.
La tua inquadratura ne mette bene in risalto la struttura regolare con le colonne neaoclassiche in bella vista e le sculture che impreziosiscono tutta la costruzione.
PS devo pur farti venire voglia di vedere le bellezze della Toscana, così potrai apprezzarle di più dal vivo
macjake (70515) 2013-11-06 16:29
lucky for you to have a good host and guide like Noel :)
I wonder how i'd be as a host in Vancouver? not sure!
Noel seems to be very knowledgeable about many areas and subjects in his city!
this is such a photographic subject, and its one I'd like to see in person some day too. tiny, but also large in stature if you know what I mean - it makes a strong presence.
love the colors, compo, and light. Lucky for you :)
fabbs99 (17175) 2013-11-06 18:44
Nice shot of the Marino Casino,which Noel had shown us earlier.Very good point of view and composition: the picture has a lots of depth and view. Composition and the light management are also great.TFS.
jjcordier (79297) 2013-11-06 23:07
Une photo de très belle qualité de ce bâtiment néoclassique que tu as visité en bonne compagnie.
Highmountains (2674) 2013-11-07 3:07
Its is such a compact piece of Architecture ....The green lawn all around it perhaps perhaps heightens this sense of a single piece of sculpture....
The light is very well managed. The sharpness and clarity is precise. The saturation of colours optimum. The Blue sky in the background works as a very appropriate contrast. Your low POV gives the image an elegance and magnitude - much beyond its actual size.
Thanks for sharing, Rosemary.
Noel_Byrne (32512) 2013-11-07 4:31
Big smile :) Looking at your shot, it reminds me how good the weather was that day, and the light falling on the casino is truly beautiful. The contrast of the white stone, blue sky and green green grass looks wonderful, and I cannot look at the lion without smiling and remembering the doily on his head :)!! I love that you captured the building next dor too, putting yet another fine color contrast to the scene, with the pink in the sky, there seems to be a rainbow of color here.
Once again, was such a pleasure to meet you both, and I am overwhelmed at the amazing shots you got while in the Emerald isle.
All the best
Nicou (146722) 2013-11-07 6:59
Merveilleuse image et compo sueprbe vue quel captage quelle architecture et colonnes et ce rendu sur la pierre grandiose vue.
Bravo et amitié
Romano46 (18472) 2013-11-07 8:12
un soggetto ideale per Noel e che sicuramente anche lui avrà ripreso a suo tempo.
Lo splendore dell'architettura in pieno sole si staglia nell'azzurro del cielo e si poggia su di un prato dal verde brillante come solo in Irlanda è facile vedere.
Una composizione semplice ed efficace alla quale non manca nitidezza, ma soprattutto piace la bella luce che la illumina in quella che potrebbe essere una delle rare giornate autunnali piena di sole nella bella Dublino.
Ciao e buona serata
dekanski (5774) 2013-11-07 8:27
Beautiful, crystal color! There was room to move frame a little to the left, it would be better!
dkmurphys (61977) 2013-11-07 9:58
Small is beautiful, at least here. The little building surely has a charm. Good colors, fine atmosphere.
Have a good evening.
Silvio1953 (148411) 2013-11-07 12:05
Ciao Rosemary, great view of fantastic building, fine details, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
delpeoples (59184) 2013-11-08 5:09
I see that not only was Noel a tour guide extraordinaire for the day, but that he managed to conjure up some brilliant sunny weather too! No mean feat in Ireland, as you well know. I remember the Marino Casino well, having viewed Noel's excellent photos and notes. It's good also to see it through another lens. The colours really pop, contrasting well against the stonework and you captured the details of the architecture so well with the great depth of field. It's always wonderful to hear of TrekEarthlings meeting up, so the photo has that bonus element to it.
Have a wonderful weekend
siudzi (34141) 2013-11-09 5:17
What an impressive architectural shot taken so perfectly! Love the clarity of the image and its classy and elegant composition. Vibrant tones gave a superb result to make it eye-catching. TFS!
annjackman (21899) 2013-11-09 5:43
This is very good clean work of this interesting place. The brick and stonework are beautifully rendered. How lucky to have such a good blue sky.
Precise record photography that I admire very much.
Kind Regards, Ann