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Sections & details of certain parts in the development of the city

Abstract: Drawing submitted by F.A. Cushing Smith to the town plan for Dublin international competition organised by the Civics Institute of Ireland in 1914. Cushing Smith was the sole US entrant and also one of only two single-person entrants. His address at the time of the competition was the University Club, Urbana, Illinois. To ensure anonymity during the adjudication process his entry was give the designation 'B'. Aside from the winners, the adjudicators were unanimous in giving Honourable Mention to four entries including Cushing Smith's. This drawing includes perspective drawings of "The Civic Centre" and "The Water Approach to the City" as well as street sections and a section and half-plan for a recreation park.

In collection Dublin Town Planning Competition 1914

Origin information
Urbana, Ill. : F. A. Cushing Smith
Date created:
Type of Resource
still image
Physical description
1 technical drawing : b&w ; Size:
1510 x 1015 mm
Physical details: Statement of scale: one-eighth inch eq. one ft.
Condition: Some creasing and stains. Two small holes in top right corner.
A label included with the drawings indicates that Cushing Smith later exhibited the drawings in the Thirtieth Annual Chicago Architectural Exhibition, Art Institute of Chicago, 5-29 April, 1917.
Ownership/custodial history
The drawings were donated to the Wilmette Historical Museum, Wilmette, Illinois by Cushing Smith's granddaughter, Mary Duke Smith, and daughter-in-law, Joan Smith. With the Smiths permission, Wilmette Historical Museum donated the drawings to the Irish Architectural Archive in 2011.
Planning drawings   linked data (gmgpc) Competition drawings   linked data (gmgpc)
City planning--Ireland--Dublin
Civic centers--Ireland--Dublin
Streets--Design and construction   linked data (lcsh)
Irish Architectural Archive
Suggested credit
"Sections & details of certain parts in the development of the city," held by Irish Architectural Archive. © Estate of Frank Arthur Cushing Smith. Digital content: © University College Dublin, published by UCD Library, University College Dublin <>
Entrant in the international Design for the Town Plan of Dublin competition, promoted by the Civics Institute of Ireland

Record source
Descriptions created by staff of UCD Library, University College Dublin based on information from the Irish Architectural Archive.

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