Categories of Special Interest
In Use As
1820 - 1830
Terraced two-bay four-storey house over raised basement, built c.1825, now in use as guesthouse. M-profile pitched slate roof with terracotta ridge tiles and shared brick chimneystack, brick parapet with squared granite coping concealing gutters and having shared cast-iron hopper and downpipe. Flemish bond brown brick walls having granite plinth course over rendered basement area. Diminishing square-headed window openings, having gauged-brick voussoirs, patent rendered reveals and granite sills. Timber sliding sash windows throughout having six-over-three pane arrangement to third floor, eight-over-four pane to basement and six-over-six pane elsewhere. Rectangular-plan decorative cast-iron window boxes to first floor windows of front (west) elevation. Recent steel window guard to basement opening. Replacement timber sliding sash windows to rear (east) elevation openings. Three-centred-arch door opening with gauged brick voussoirs and moulded rendered reveals to painted stucco doorcase comprising engaged fluted Ionic columns surmounted by panelled moulded entablature with laurel motif, cornice and leaded fanlight. Timber panelled door opening onto shared granite flagged platform with round-nosed stepped approach bridging basement area. Approach flanked by wrought and cast-iron spearheaded railings on granite plinths, returning to enclose basement area. Square-headed door opening to basement area having battened timber door below platform.
The house is located within a terrace of largely intact brick Georgian houses stretching from the Loop Line Bridge to Talbot Street. The terrace was built in two phases with the later phase from Nos 63-70 being built c.1825. The finely proportioned façade of this house has retained much of its historic form and character through the retention of various items of historic fabric including some fine cast-iron window boxes and a substantial doorcase. Its fenestration pattern and early Victorian replacement sashes are similar to many of its neighbours and maintains the rhythm of the terrace while reinforcing its individual historic character. This street was laid out in the 1790s by Luke Gardiner as part of a planned route which linked the new symbol of the mercantile power base, the Custom House with Mountjoy Square, Gardiner's planned upper-class residential development on an elevated site to the north. The houses on Gardiner Street Middle and Lower formed a vista focused on the rear portico of the Custom House, though later disrupted by the installation (1888-89) of the raised Loop Line Bridge to this end of Gardiner Street.