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Douglas Hall, Riverbank, Well Road, Cork, Cork City
Front (west) elevation
Reg. No.20871037
Date1730 - 1770
Previous NameN/A
CountyCork City
Coordinates169921, 69751
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL TECHNICAL
Original Usehouse
In Use Ashouse
Detached four-bay two-storey house, having lower single-storey entrance bay with gable-fronted entrance porch and bow bay to northern end of front (west) facade, six-bay block to east and attached two-storey outbuilding to north. Six-bay block forming original house, built c.1750, with four-bay block added c.1810, perpendicular to original house and forming new front/entrance block. Hipped artificial slate roof with pitched artificial slate roof to return having rendered chimneystacks and cast-iron rainwater goods. Slate hanging to upper floors of south elevation, replacement slate hanging to front elevation, rendered ground floor walls and rendered walls to north elevation. Square-headed window openings with one-over-one pane timber sliding sash windows to front and south elevations with six-over-six pane timber sliding sash windows to north elevation. Tripartite windows to western end of south elevation having one-over-one pane timber sliding sash windows. Rendered sills throughout. Blank round-headed niche to west elevation. Square-headed double-leaf glazed timber door set in porch. Outbuilding to rear with pitched slate roof, rendered chimneystack and cast-iron rainwater goods. Rendered walls. Round-headed window openings to first floor with painted brick surrounds and sills to aluminium casement windows. Segmental-headed arches to ground floor with painted brick voussoirs. Recent gate and recent rubble limestone piers and flanking walls to front of site.


An interesting group of buildings, which is a reminder of a time when this area was entirely separate from the city, and detached houses were set in the rural countryside on the outskirts of Douglas village. The four-bay hipped roof block was added in the early nineteenth century to the original house. The form of the original house is typical of large scale dwellings its time - long and lacking in depth, with regularly placed chimneystacks. The slate hanging is a particularly noteworthy feature, which was once characteristic of Cork city and county but is now sadly increasingly rare.
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