BOLTON STREET COLLEGE – THE CORNER WHERE HENRIETTA STREET MEETS BOLTON STREET
I recently came across a for-sale notice describing a shop on Bolton as “less than a five-minute walk from the new facility at Grangegorman which is expected to accommodate 22,000 students and staff upon completion”. In reality, because of access issues, it takes at least twenty minutes to walk to the current campus and the best approach is the get a tram from either Lower Dominick Street or Broadstone.
The Grangegorman College Campus programme was delayed by two years but I do not know if this delay impacted on the plan to fully relocate Bolton Street College to the Grangegorman campus by September 2020. I suspect that many of the students have already been located.
The Bolton St campus is currently divided into 4 sites: the Main Building, Eblock, Linenhall and Beresford Street.
This building in red brick and Mountcharles Sandstone was designed by the City Architect Charles J. McCarthy and was built between 1909-12. McCarthy was the son of leading Victorian gothic architect J.J. McCarthy (1817-82) who was responsible for many churches in Dublin and several Roman-catholic Cathedrals around Ireland.
Originally part of the building was an hotel and this was redeveloped by the City Corporation into a college of technology. Much extended in recent years, there are two major additions, an extension along Kings Inns Street from the 1960s and a later extension by Gilroy McMahon to the rear of the building shown in my photograph.