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Main Street, Killybegs, County Donegal
40845010
View from the south-west.
Reg. No.40845010
Date1900 - 1920
Previous NameN/A
TownlandKILLYBEGS
CountyCounty Donegal
Coordinates171395, 376607
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL
RatingRegional
Original Usehouse
In Use Ashouse
 
Description
Detached three-bay two-storey house with attic level, built c. 1910. Pitched natural slate roof (small slates) with projecting eaves course, and having ruled-and-line rendered chimneystacks and raised render coping/verges to gable ends (east and west). Some remaining cast-iron rainwater goods. Smooth rendered rule-and-lined walls with smooth render block-and-start quoins to the corners of the main elevation (south). Square-headed window openings with rendered architrave surrounds to south elevation, and having replacement two-over-two pane timber sliding sash windows. Large square-headed window opening to the west end of the main elevation having tripartite timber sliding sash window comprising central two-over-two pane window flanked by narrow one-over-one pane sash windows. Central square-headed door opening to main elevation with smooth rendered surround having vermiculated keystone over and plinth blocks to base, replacement timber panelled door and glazed overlight. Road-fronted to the centre of Killybegs. Rear elevation also backs unto street, with low rendered boundary walls to road-frontage.

Appraisal

This simple but well-proportioned and appealing house retains its early character and form despite some alterations. The front elevation is enlivened by the architraved surrounds to the window openings and the surround to the doorway having a quasi-vermiculated keystone, which adds an element of decorative interest to this otherwise plain building. It also retains an attractive slate roof hung with small slates (possibly Scottish slate), which adds variety to the roofscape to the centre of Killybegs. The windows have been replaced but their style is in keeping with the original fittings. The large tripartite window opening to the front elevation is an interesting feature that hints that this building may have formerly had another function in addition to a dwelling. This building occupies an important corner site to the centre of Killybegs, and is an integral element of the built heritage of the town.
 
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