The American Embassy was built in 1964. Its round shape was to remind people of the old Celtic ring forts which can be found all over Ireland.
This video is designed as a resource for primary and post-primary students up to Junior Certificate.
The American Embassy, Ballsbridge
When you travel up Merrion Road towards the city centre, you will see a striking round building at the junction of Elgin Road and Pembroke Road with the American flag flying high over it. This is the American embassy. You would have to go there if you needed a visa (permission) to travel to the USA.
The embassy is a very modern building and was built in 1964. Its round shape was to remind people of the old Celtic ring forts which can be found all over Ireland. Its style or look, however, is what you would see in modern American buildings. By joining the two, the American architect, John MacL. Johansen, and his Irish partner, the famous architect Michael Scott, tried to show the good relations between the United States and Ireland. They also wanted to design a building that would fit into the space between the two roads and that would look well from every side.
Outside they surrounded the building with a ring of flowers and shrubs, a bridge leading over it and a small open space with trees and benches.
In 1969 the building won an award for its design from An Taisce.
The Embassy has a special ‘School Outreach Programme’ so if you should have any questions about America or would like to hear about American society and culture first-hand, then your school can arrange a visit with the Embassy’s Public Affairs Office.