Survey Data

Reg No

50010536


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural Artistic Social


Original Use

Shop/retail outlet


In Use As

Shop/retail outlet


Date

1915 - 1925


Coordinates

315922, 234702


Date Recorded

06/11/2011


Date Updated

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Description

Terraced two-bay five-storey commercial building, built c.1920, as part of terrace of six similar buildings with recent shopfront to ground floor. Flat roof behind parapet wall with limestone coping red brick chimneystack to north party wall. Machine-made red brick walls laid in Flemish Bond with channel rusticated limestone soldier quoins framing elevation. Moulded limestone platband to base of parapet with deep moulded modillioned limestone cornice and frieze defining attic storey and further limestone cornice over shopfront. All horizontal mouldings extend across all six buildings. Replacement polished granite clad shopfront with roller shutters. Animated neon signs to upper floors applied c.1950 with lettering 'The Happy Ring House' and image below of newly-weds and bow with bells and a ring to upper floors. Suspended clock to first floor with firm's name. Gauged brick flat-arched window openings to upper floors with replacement uPVC windows and granite sills. Segmental-headed window openings to first floor framed by slender brick pilasters and surmounted by limestone cornice with timber display windows and overlights. Area of pavement immediately in front of shopfront tiled with mosaics showing heraldic lion and 'Established 1870'.

Appraisal

This two-bay building forms part of a block that was built as part of the reconstruction of O'Connell Street following the extensive destruction of the 1916 Rising. Designed by Francis Bergin who reputedly reused salvaged girders from the gutted GPO. The neon sign was made in 1952 by Gaelite and has become an iconic feature of the streetscape elevating its importance above that of the neighbouring buildings.