Survey Data

Reg No

50020016


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural


Original Use

House


Historical Use

Shop/retail outlet


In Use As

Shop/retail outlet


Date

1770 - 1790


Coordinates

-1, -1


Date Recorded

15/03/2015


Date Updated

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Description

Attached two-bay five-storey former townhouse, built c.1780, having recent shopfront to front (east) elevation. Now in use as shop, with apartments to upper floors. Hipped roof, set perpendicular to street, hidden behind smooth rendered parapet having cut granite coping, with brown brick chimneystack. Smooth rendered walls. Square-headed window openings having masonry sills and replacement timber windows. Square-headed window and door openings to recent shopfront. Situated on west side and south end of Parliament Street.

Appraisal

Parliament Street is the first example of formal axial planning in mid-eighteenth-century Dublin. When George Semple designed the rebuilding of Essex Bridge (1753-55) his plan showed a new wide street linking the bridge to Dublin Castle, and this plan for the street was implemented by the Wide Street Commissioners in 1762. Many of the buildings, including this one, were adapted and rebuilt in the nineteenth century. It shares a parapet height with its neighbour to the north lending a sense of continuity to the streetscape. The decreasing scale of fenestration to the upper floors attributes a hierarchy to each floor, creating a pleasantly balanced fa├žade. Historic maps show that the building was formerly numbered 25 Parliament Street. It is described in Thom's Directory of 1862 as being in use as by a merchant tailor and military outfitter.