Peter Pearson
Peter Pearson's Decorative Dublin

Peter Pearson's Decorative Dublin is a feast for the eye, celebrating the city's decorative surfaces in ironwork, brickwork, stone, glass, plaster, its fanlights, doors and windows…and more.

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Peter Pearson's Decorative Dublin is a feast for the eye, celebrating the city's decorative surfaces in ironwork, brickwork, stone, glass, plaster, its fanlights, doors and windows.

The city is full of decorative things whose main function is to delight. Ancient, Georgian, Victorian and modern features are all here. At certain periods everything, even the most practical and mundane coal-hole cover or boot scraper, was decorated, leaving a rich heritage on buildings, pavements, walls, roofs, in gardens and interiors.

The book also includes the fascinating stories of crafts and craftworkers.

Peter Pearson is an historian, conservationist and noted artist with a lifelong commitment to the protection and enhancement of Ireland's architectural heritage. He has attended demolitions of many great houses, rescuing their decorative period features, in the process amassing a vast body of knowledge on the crafts, social and economic history of places throughout Ireland. He has written and contributed to many books and publications. He initiated the Drimnagh Castle Restoration Project and has worked with An Taisce and the Irish Georgian Society and is a founder member of the Dublin Civic Trust, a member of the Heritage Council and an honorary life member of the Dun Laoghaire Historical Society.

Born in 1955, Peter was educated at Kingstown School and Trinity College Dublin. Peter now lives with his wife and two sons in County Wexford. He has written the bestselling Between the Mountains and the Sea, Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County, which details the architectural heritage of the county, and The Heart of Dublin, published in 2000, which charts the origins and planning of Dublin's streetscapes from early times to the present day. His latest book, Decorative Dublin is a beautifully illustrated account of the many decorative elements to be found on Dublin's streets and in its buildings.

Sumptuously produced and meticulously researched.

The Sunday Independent

For anyone unaware of the variety contained within the architecture of Dublin, this book will be an eye-opener.' Full review

Decorative Dublin offers a lavishly illustrated celebration of the city's "rich legacy of beautiful minutiae" ... (Pearson) writes with enthusiasm and knowledge about his subject.

The Irish Times
Frank McDonald - The Irish Times

This beautifully illustrated volume contains endless riches.

The Sunday Tribune

Rich and colourful photographs ... the text is informative and equally rich ... Pearson's is an infectious passion, and the book itself, lovingly laid out, is something of an object of vertu.

Books Ireland

A stunning and fascinating journey through the streets and history of the capital city

Read Ireland

This book is an attempt to preserve not only the beautiful minutiae but also the larger decoartive detail of Dublin's unique cityscape

Construct Ireland
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