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Ringmahon House, Ringmahon Road, Blackrock, Cork City
20868110
Front (north) elevation
Reg. No.20868110
Date1800 - 1840
Previous NameN/A
TownlandMAHON
CountyCork City
Coordinates172347, 71479
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL ARTISTIC HISTORICAL
RatingRegional
Original Usehouse
In Use Asoffice
 
Description
Detached four-bay two-storey over half-basement house, built c.1820, with single-storey flat-roofed porch to north. Now in offices. Hipped slate roof with rendered chimneystacks having clay pots and painted galvanised aluminium rainwater goods. Lined-and-ruled smooth rendered walls. Square-headed window openings with limestone sills and one-over-one timber sash windows. Camber-headed openings to basement with one-over-one timber sash windows. Entrance porch with smooth render plinth having strapwork panels, middle section divided by Tuscan pilasters surmounted by pairs of fluted Tuscan pilasters, garlanded frieze, cornice and pediment with sunburst. Round-headed openings with fanlights and fixed glazed windows flanking round-headed door opening with fanlight and double-leaf half-glazed panelled door with quatrefoil patterned frieze and approached by limestone steps. Recent paving surrounding house, part of rubble stone boundary wall remaining with remains of castle in the gardens.

Appraisal

This house is important for its historical connections with prominent Cork business families. The Murphy brewing family were its occupiers in 1821 and in the twentieth century the house was a residence of the Dunne family. Earlier sections of the house were removed between 1840 and 1870, and the porch added at this time. The ornamentation of the porch with references to strapwork, sunbursts and garlands is typical of the eclecticism of the mid-nineteenth-century.
 
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