Chancery Park, Dublin, Ireland

Herbert Simms, Chief Housing Architect, Dublin
Constructed by G & T Crampton
Date Built
Completed and Occupied in June 1935
Chancery Street West, Dublin
The Chancery Park flats have been described as, "a small carefully conceived building containing 27 flats with an adjoining enclosed garden which was completed in 1935."  A plaque on the gateway to the complex is dedicated to Herbert Simms who was appointed Housing Architect for the city of Dublin in 1932.  The Chancery Park flats was one of the developments built during his time in that role.  He is credited with being responsible for the design and construction of an astonishing 17,000 new dwellings in and around the city centre.

The design of the Chancery Park development is regarded as being influenced by contemporary designs in Holland and England.  The Dublin City website describes its "Modern" appearance, " ... particularly in the decorative use and detailing of simple facing materials like brick and render and the emphasis on the horizontal in the façade design. Other significant features of the scheme include the slim elegant roof profile, the building’s well defined corners and entrances, its small projecting balconies and strong and attractive street frontages."

On the Chancery Street side of the complex is a small park which appears to have been involved in something of a controversy about opening hours.  In a publication called "Northside People West" the headline on May 4, 2011, was "Call for Longer Park Hours" and it goes on to say that, "A NORTHSIDE Park, which had a €150,000 makeover just last year, is only open to the public for 15 hours a week due to concerns over anti-social behaviour."  The article describes the park as "stunning and peaceful ... fitted with benches situated around a water feature."