CHANCERY HOUSE - DESIGNED IN THE 1930s BY HERBERT SIMMS

CHANCERY HOUSE - DESIGNED IN THE 1930s BY HERBERT SIMMS

This complex designed by Herbert Simms was influenced by what was happening in Amsterdam in the 1930s and these flats are unusual in that they have a mixture of rendered surfaces and brickwork.

September 28, 2018 was the 70th anniversary of the death of Herbert George Simms, Dublin’s pioneering Housing Architect.

Herbert Simms is remembered as a dedicated social innovator and even today his buildings are noted for their interior and exterior design. Simms designed apartment buildings that replaced tenements, giving people a new way of living.

Simms managed the construction of 17,000 flats and houses across Dublin and was a champion of the role public housing can play in sustaining urban communities. However, most were built in the 1930s and are no longer in good condition and as a result it was reported in a number of newspapers
that older flat complexes built by Simms were to be de-listing and demolition by Dublin City Council.

At this stage there is no evidence that any of the complexes designed by Simms are to be delisted or demolished.
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