Survey Data

Reg No

50010541


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural Artistic


Previous Name

A & R Thwaites & Co. Limited


Original Use

Shop/retail outlet


In Use As

Shop/retail outlet


Date

1920 - 1930


Coordinates

315846, 234763


Date Recorded

06/11/2011


Date Updated

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Description

Terraced three-bay four-storey commercial building, built c.1925, with shopfront to ground floor. Flat roof with brick chimneystack to north party wall behind granite ashlar parapet wall and iron railing supported on granite blocks with guttae. Red brick walls laid in English garden wall bond. Square-headed window openings with plain granite architrave surrounds, granite sills and original timber sliding sash windows, three-over-six pane to third floor and six-over-six to second floor. Three square-headed window openings to first floor with advanced granite ashlar surround comprising chamfered jambs supporting plain architrave and blocking course with four decorative granite brackets framing second floor windows. Paired one-over-one pane timber sliding sash windows to first floor. Recent shopfront set in original granite ashlar frame with plinth mouldings and continuous panel moulding with incised lettering 'A. & R. THWAITES & Co. Limited'. Plain granite frieze and cornice to first floor sill level. Structure extended to rear.

Appraisal

This brick and granite building was erected as part of the reconstruction of O'Connell Street following the widespread destruction during the 1916 Rising. Designed by Adam Millar in 1922 in a conservative Art Deco manner the building respects the traditional Georgian plot ratio of the previous building. The retention of the shopfront surround and original name to the fascia in addition to the elaborate granite details adds to the wealth of early twentieth-century architecture that forms much of the character of the street.