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Columb Barracks, Ashe Road, Mullingar, County Westmeath
15310018
View from the south.
Reg. No.15310018
Date1810 - 1820
Previous NameN/A
TownlandMULLINGAR
CountyCounty Westmeath
Coordinates242839, 253275
Categories of Special InterestARCHITECTURAL ARTISTIC
RatingRegional
Original Usebarracks
In Use Asbarracks
 
Description
Detached ten-bay three-storey barracks block, built c.1814, with a four-bay two-storey addition to the west end a two-bay single-storey lean-to extension (built c.1896) to the east end. Pitched natural slate roof (east side now replaced with artificial slate) with two cut stone chimneystacks, one to centre, one to east gable. Roughcast rendered walls with three clasping cut stone buttresses to the front façade (south). Square-headed window openings with cut stone block-and-start surrounds, cut stone sills and with six-over single pane timber sliding sash windows to the ground floor and first floor openings and three-over-six pane timber sliding sash windows to the second floor openings. Two round-headed doorcases with cut stone block and start surrounds, timber doors and with spoke fanlights over. Located to the northwest end of Columb Barracks (15310007 to 15310019).

Appraisal

A fine classically-proportioned barrack building dating from the initial construction of Columb Barracks (15310007 to 15310009) in the early nineteenth-century. This building retains its early form and fabric, including good quality cut stone block-and-start surrounds to the openings. The clasping buttresses are an unusual feature and may have been added to stablise the structure. The two-bay lean-two addition to the east end probably dates to the construction of the gymnasium (15310019) to the east (c.1896). This range forms part of an important collection of structures within the Columb Barracks complex (15310007 to 15310019), constituting an important element of the architectural heritage of the area.
 
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