Dublin, Ireland — 50 Years of the American Embassy

— Domani Spero
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Via US Embassy Dublin

On May 23rd, 1964 the U.S. Embassy officially opened its new Chancery building on the corner of Eglin Rd and Pembroke Rd in Ballsbridge, Dublin. “Being circular as the placement of the thirteen stars in the first American flag, it symbolises unity and strength……This form also enables the building to face in all directions, friendly and attractive from any angle” stated the official program from opening day.

The Embassy was designed by an American architect, John M. Johansen, in consultation with the prominent Irish architect, Michael Scott.

This short video explains how the building was designed and built, and how it has been a focal point for Irish American relations over the past 50 years.

In November 2014 the Embassy will partner with the Irish Architectural Archive on Merrion Square to host an exhibit of the Embassy’s architecture.

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One response

  1. Lovely story about the physical plant, having been in it I can attest that it is a piece of architectural junk.

    And still no new US Ambassador in Dublin? It’s been a year and a half since the last one, Daniel Rooney, left in December 2012. Way to dis Ireland. And what exactly have the last few (that would also include Thomas Foley and James Kenny) done to promote immigration reform? Oh, wait that isn’t in their job description? Well if we can leave Ireland without a US Ambassador for 18 months guess it just isn’t important. Just another opportunity wasted. And I see the Coalition of Irish Immigration Centers now has six immigration attorneys. Perhaps if we are serious about wanting immigration reform in the US, maybe the time has come to find a lobbyist? Caroline Kennedy goes to Japan and Ireland gets some random donor from Wisconsin? That makes sense, right.