Pugin Work On Show At Maynooth Event
|Jimmy Deenihan TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht has officially opened Pugin at NUI Maynooth, a conference, exhibition and book launch which celebrates the bicentenary of the birth of A.W.N. Pugin.
Augustus Welby Northmore Pugin (1st March 1812 Ė 14th September 1852) was one of the most influential nineteenth-century British architects, best remembered for his pioneering contribution to the Gothic Revival in Britain and Ireland. The extension to St. Patrick's College Maynooth was arguably Puginís most important and certainly his largest work in Ireland. A Project that comprises a library, a refectory for over 500 seminarians, class-halls, more than 200 bedrooms, professional accommodation and spacious cloisters provided many opportunities for Pugin to display his extensive talents.
Commenting on the event, Minister Deenihan said: "Pugin, arguably the greatest architect and design theorist of his generation, achieved an extraordinary amount in such a tragically short life time. Recently I opened the exhibition of Pugin drawings in the Irish Architectural Archive which opened my eyes to the extraordinary attention to detail he displayed in all his work. I understand that a number of these items have been loaned for the present exhibition which greatly enhances this event."
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The conference, which celebrates Puginís bicentenary, has been jointly organised by St. Patrick's College Maynooth and the National University of Ireland Maynooth. The Exhibition, Pugin, Maynooth and Revival.
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