Survey Data

Reg No

12001054


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural Archaeological


Original Use

House


In Use As

House


Date

1765 - 1770


Coordinates

250711, 155634


Date Recorded

17/06/2004


Date Updated

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Description

Terraced three-bay three-storey over part-raised basement Classical-style house, built 1769, originally three-bay two-storey incorporating fabric of earlier house, c.1600. Refenestrated, post-1992. One of a pair. Pitched (shared) slate roof with clay ridge tiles, cut-limestone polygonal chimney stacks, and cast-iron rainwater goods on cut-limestone eaves having iron ties. Unpainted roughcast walls with cut-limestone dressings including chamfered course to basement, quoins to ends, stringcourses to each floor, shared round-headed recesses to ground and to first floor having sills, surrounds, springcourses, and shared oculus recess to top floor having surround. Square-headed window openings with cut-limestone sills (forming sill course to first floor), cut-limestone surrounds having keystones to ground floor, and replacement uPVC casement windows, post-1992. Elliptical-headed window openings to basement in tripartite arrangement in square-headed frame with cut-limestone surround having chamfered reveals, hood moulding over, and timber casement windows having iron bars. Round-headed door opening approached by flight of six cut-limestone steps with carved limestone architrave having keystone, channelled archivolt having keystone, and timber panelled door having fanlight. Interior with timber panelled shutters to window openings. Road fronted with sections of iron railings to front on limestone ashlar plinth having moulded cut-limestone coping.

Appraisal

A Classically-composed substantial house representing an important element of a cohesive pair of houses (with 12001055/KK-4766-14-55) presenting an attractive landmark of formal quality in Patrick Street Lower. Incorporating the fabric of an earlier range on site as evidenced by the presence of medieval stone fragments the house also forms a vital component of the archaeological heritage of Kilkenny. Elsewhere, further fine cut-limestone dressings displaying high quality stone masonry supplement the elegant architectural design significance of the site. However, while most of the composition qualities survive intact together with much of the historic fabric both to the exterior and to the interior the inappropriate replacement fittings to the window openings have not had a positive impact on the external expression of the house.