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Rathescar, County Louth
13901826
East elevation
Reg. No.13901826
Date1740 - 1780
Previous NameN/A
Townland
CountyCounty Louth
Coordinates301952, 286755
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL ARTISTIC SOCIAL TECHNICAL
RatingRegional
Original Usecountry house
In Use Ashouse
 
Description
Detached three-bay three-storey house, built c. 1760. Single-bay two-storey wings to north and south c. 1830, round rendered tower to rear (west) with pierced battlements and conical copper roof c. 1830, entrance portico to east, domed glass house to south-west; decorative covered veranda to south elevation. Pitched slate roof, hipped to north and south wings, red brick chimneystacks with dressed limestone corbelled courses and caps, gutter hidden by parapet, cast-iron hoppers, circular cast-iron downpipes. Smooth rendered ruled-and-lined walling, frieze with patera separating first and second floors, surmounted by moulded sill course to second floor windows, stone parapet; segmental-headed recessed blind arches, moulded rendered surround, running from ground to first floor on main house and ground floor to wings, block-and-start quoins to wings. Square-headed window openings, tooled limestone sills, painted timber tripartite windows to ground floor, six-over-six sliding sash windows to first floor, three-over-three to second floor. Doric portico to east, painted timber columns and pilasters to plain frieze and cornice, square-headed door opening, painted timber double doors with eight flat panels, two limestone steps to entrance, limestone entrance platform to portico. House opens onto oval grassed area, stableyard to north, approached by long avenue, through fields to east.

Appraisal

Rathescar is a fascinating example of a country house which has been enlarged and enhanced at various stages through the centuries. Originally a hunting lodge, the addition of two wings increased its importance and the delightfully eccentric observation tower which resembles a land-locked lighthouse adds to its architectural significance, in addition, the delightful curved glass house adds to its technical significance.
 
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