Survey Data

Reg No

50020202


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural Social


Original Use

Shop/retail outlet


In Use As

Shop/retail outlet


Date

1930 - 1950


Coordinates

-1, -1


Date Recorded

19/03/2015


Date Updated

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Description

Terraced three-bay four-storey over basement commercial and apartment building, built c.1940, having recent shopfront to front (north) elevation. Flat roof hidden behind parapet with ashlar granite coping. Red brick walls, laid in Flemish bond to upper floors, having granite entablature and carved cornice to second floor and brick pilasters dividing bays to first and second floors, granite platbands to first and third floors. Smooth rendered walls to rear (south) elevation. Square-headed window openings with continuous carved granite sill courses or granite sills having six-over-six pane and one-over-six pane timber sliding sash windows. Sill course forming cornice over recent timber shopfront. Steel-framed basement lights to pavement. Located on south side of Aston Quay.

Appraisal

Aston Quay was laid out c.1680 on land reclaimed from the River Liffey and was named after Henry Aston, a Dublin merchant. The original buildings have been replaced over time and little fabric of early date survives. The buildings in this block were demolished in the 1930s and were subsequently rebuilt in a restrained classical style to house a variety of manufacturing and retail uses. The fenestration pattern and continuous granite entablature, cornice and parapet create as strong sense of horizontal emphasis and give the impression of a unified, cohesive composition. Carved granite is used to good effect to articulate and provide a textural and tonal contrast to the red brick of the fa├žade.