The Grosvenor

The Grosvenor

In Brief

In Lotus Eaters Bloom sees a jaunting car "drawn up before the door of the Grosvenor." The Grosvenor was a small upscale hotel at 5 Westland Row, directly across the street from the train station that Bloom is standing in front of.

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As the 20th century wore on the hotel's opulent charm decayed. The elegant railings on the front were removed. Garish advertisements suitable to the neighborhood of a train station were added to the ground floor fa├žade in the 1950s, and later removed. The windows of the bar and restaurant looking out on the street were covered. Together with the other houses and shops on this block of Westland Row, number 5 was demolished in 2005 to make way for the Naughton Institute, also known as the Centre for Research on Adaptive Nanostructures and Nanodevices (CRANN). It is part of Trinity College, Dublin.

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The Grosvenor in an early photograph, precise date unknown. Source: twitter.com.