Survey Data

Reg No

30412510


Date

1770 - 1780


Townland

MARBLEHILL


County

County Galway


Coordinates

167954, 203909


Description

Ivy-covered roofless ruin of detached three-bay three-storey country house over raised basement, built c.1775, enlarged c.1813, and having canted entrance bay to front (east) elevation, and two-storey return to rear. Four-bay side elevations, with bowed bay to north side elevation, and with rear two bays of south projecting. Moulded cornice. Rubble limestone walls with evidence of weather slating to west gable wall. Square-headed window openings with stone sills and red brick surrounds. Square-headed entrance doorway within pedimented carved limestone doorcase, having chanelled pilasters with plinths and moudled capitals. Wrought-iron railings to entrance avenue.

Appraisal

Marble Hill, built for the Burke family, was an exceptional country house prior to its destruction by fire in the early twentieth century. Architectural quality and refinement are apparent in the design and detailing. The masonry was executed by skilled craftsmen, as is apparent in the detailing of the doorcase. It forms part of a group of demesne-related structures that includes the gate lodge, outbuildings, walled garden and icehouse.