Lost Post – a closer look at Post Office architecture

14th June 2012: A fascinating new book, Lost Post : A Selection of Ireland’s Post Office Buildings, will be launched on Monday 18 June in DIT Bolton Street, by historian Thomas Pakenham. Written by DIT graduate Máire Crean, lecturer in the Dublin School of Architecture at DIT, it takes a closer look at the architecture and interiors of Post Office buildings in Ireland – buildings that are so familiar that they are often ignored.

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Bernadette Solon, Conservation Architect, previews Crean’s book here:

“How often do we visit a post office with the business of stamp buying, parcel posting, letter collection etc. on our minds and never look around us to see the craftsmanship of bygone times which went to construct these premises?  When do we take time to look closely at the doors, handles, counters, screens, tiling, mosaics, grilles or indeed the buildings themselves?  Maire Crean, in this book, brings us on a journey through a selection of some of the wonderful post office buildings scattered throughout Ireland - some unfortunately now demolished but many still in use and with little changes from the day they first opened their doors to the public.  She tells us of the history, layout, structure, and details of these buildings and encourages us to appreciate the craftsmanship which went to make these buildings.  So, next time you visit your post office take the time to look around you.  Take a closer look and most of all enjoy!!.”

The launch of Lost Post: A Selection of Ireland’s Post Office Buildings will take place in DIT Bolton Street – Room 381, on Monday 18 June 2012, 6.30 – 8pm.

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