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Custume Barracks, Grace Road, Athlone, County Westmeath
15004189
Front façade from the east.
Reg. No.15004189
Date1800 - 1820
Previous NameN/A
TownlandRANELAGH
CountyCounty Westmeath
Coordinates203461, 241599
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL ARTISTIC HISTORICAL
RatingRegional
Original Usebarracks
In Use Asbarracks
 
Description
Detached fifteen-bay two-storey barrack building, built c.1810, with lower single-bay two-storey section to east and projecting single-storey flat-roofed entrance porch to east. Hipped natural slate roof with rendered chimneystacks and cast-iron rainwater goods. Constructed of coursed limestone with red brick and dressed limestone detailing. Square-headed window openings with brick dressings, cut stone sills and replacement windows. Shallow segmental-headed tripartite window to centre of first floor over infilled segmental-headed carriage arch which now contains main door. Wyatt-type windows to extension to east end. Square-headed doorcase with timber doors and overlight above to fourth bay from east end. Square-headed doorcase to projecting porch flanked by sidelights. Located on north side of parade ground to north end of barracks.

Appraisal

This substantial barrack building dates to the major early nineteenth-century rebuilding programme at Custume Barracks. The site retains its original form and character and is typical of the military buildings constructed in Ireland at the time. It has an impressive scale and a pleasing symmetry. It forms the northern range of buildings surrounding the early nineteenth-century parade ground and is an integral component of this important barrack complex.
 
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