Thoor BallyLee/The Architectural Archives


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……… After our failure in the NLI,we hoped that someone as famous as Yeats architect Prof. William A Scott would have left some papers for posterity in Irish Architectural Archive,especially since Yeats was possibly his most famous client, but alas no. There were some scale drawings of bespoke furniture that Scott had designed, even scale models including a banquet table which was never built, and one page of a ground floor plan, the rest in its entirety appears as part of the Yeats collection. It was feeling like a dead end,then with thanks to the staff at the Irish Architectural Archive,who allowed us to broaden our search on the day;we came across all we needed and then some. In 1963 the Thoor BallyLee society began a rescue mission to restore the tower for Yeats centenary 1865/1965,the plans for the restorative work were drawn by Dermot O’Toole 1910/1970 who was born in Maynooth, there were 10 pages of extensive detailed scale drawings the project was alive again.We managed to capture the plans on a digital camera from AFF and hope to use them to create a respectable 3D model of the building with a little bit of desk research still to go,a trip to the site may still be required we wait and see…….