Survey Data

Reg No

15503095


Date

1800 - 1840


County

County Wexford


Coordinates

304820, 121976


Description

Attached three-bay (five-bay deep) four-storey house, extant 1840, on a wedge-shaped plan. "Improved", 1932, producing present composition. Renovated, 1993, with replacement shopfront inserted to ground floor. Pitched slate roof on a T-shaped plan behind parapet with concealed rainwater goods retaining cast-iron hoppers and square profile downpipes. Rendered wall (upper floors) with rendered pilasters supporting parapet having coping centred on urn; rendered surface finish (remainder). Square-headed window openings in square-headed recesses (upper floors) with sills on panelled risers, and concealed dressings framing six-over-six or three-over-six (top floor) timber sash windows. Square-headed window openings (remainder) with sills, and concealed dressings framing boarded-up two-over-two or three-over-three (top floor) timber sash windows. Street fronted on a corner site with concrete brick cobbled footpath to front.

Appraisal

A house representing an integral component of the built heritage of Wexford with the architectural value of the composition suggested by such attributes as the compact wedge-shaped plan form; the diminishing in scale of the openings on each floor producing a graduated visual impression; and the parapeted roofline: meanwhile, aspects of the composition clearly illustrate the "improvement" of the house for the New Ireland Assurance Company (established 1918) with an Art Deco-meets-Celtic Revival fa├žade designed by Vincent Kelly (1895-1975) of Merrion Square, Dublin (DIA). Although recently modified at street level with the introduction of a generic shopfront of minimal artistic interest, the elementary form and massing survive intact overhead together with substantial quantities of the historic or original fabric, both to the exterior and to the restrained interior, thus upholding the character or integrity of a house making a pleasing visual statement in Main Street North: meanwhile, evidence of a benchmark remains of additional interest for the connections with cartography and the preparation of maps by the Ordnance Survey (established 1824).