Yesterday afternoon, the Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland donated a dozen books from the SCSI library dating from the late 1800s to the Irish Architectural Archive in Dublin.
The oldest of the books was the Irish Land Agents committee book which dates from 1895, with the others spanning from the early 1900s to the most recent concluding in 1960.
SCSI Senior Vice President Colin Bray officially presented the archives to Michael Webb, IAA Chairman. Michael mentioned in his speech a number of interesting notes inscribed in the books.
Referenced in the books were periods of historical significance, one in particular noting the compensation schemes in the aftermath of the Easter Rising in 1916 and the other detailing a notice from London to suspend all meetings with the onset of World War II.
The archives will be stored in a bunker beneath the IAA building. Interestingly, to preserve the books, the bunker is only opened twice per day due to the moisture that is emitted into the atmosphere by visitors. The SCSI books are available to view by request in the IAAs Archive Reading Room.
The Irish Architectural Archive can be found at 45 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.
Pictures from the launch