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Carhoo House, County Cork
20907202
Front (south) elevation
Reg. No.20907202
Date1730 - 1770
Previous NameN/A
TownlandCARHOO LOWER
CountyCounty Cork
Coordinates144108, 72657
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL ARTISTIC SOCIAL
RatingRegional
Original Usecountry house
In Use Ashouse
 
Description
Detached five-bay three-storey house, built c.1750, having pedimented central bay to front (south) elevation, two-storey extension to rear (north), and recent front porch addition. Pitched slate roofs having rendered chimneystacks and gable copings with cast-iron rainwater goods. Rendered walls having blind oculus pediment gable, with exposed stone and brick walls to ground floor. Diminishing square-headed window openings with render sills having three-over-three pane timber sliding sash windows to second floor, six-over-six pane timber sliding sash windows to first and ground floor. Tripartite Diocletian window opening with render sill to second floor of breakfront, having central three-over-three pane timber sliding sash window with flanking two-pane pivoting sidelights. Venetian window with render sill to first floor of breakfront having central six-over-three pane timber sliding sash window with tracery overlight to upper sash flanked by two-over-one pane timber sliding sash windows. Square-headed window openings with stone sills to ground floor of breakfront having two-over-two pane timber sliding sash windows. Square-headed door opening having timber panelled door with diamond timber tracery overlight, approached by flight of limestone steps. Square-profile rendered gate piers and rendered enclosing walls with limestone capping stones and wrought-iron gates to site.

Appraisal

This building's gabled chimneystacks, lack of depth in the plan and pedimented breakfront indicate an early construction date. The elegant proportions in the diminishing windows, modest door opening and breakfront are typical of its time. Though altered at ground floor level by the removal of render, its fine Diocletian and Venetian windows, blind oculus and timber sliding sash windows and timber panelled door and overlight are original features. Set overlooking the River Lee it is a significant eighteenth century addition to the architectural heritage.
 
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