Survey Data

Reg No

50020266


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural Artistic Historical Social


Previous Name

Pearl Insurance


Original Use

Bank/financial institution


In Use As

Hotel


Date

1930 - 1940


Coordinates

-1, -1


Date Recorded

24/02/2015


Date Updated

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Description

Corner-sited attached four-bay four-storey with attic accommodation former office, built 1935, having cupola with copper roof to angled north-west corner. Now in use as hotel. Profiled sheet metal dormer roof with recent dormer windows, panelled Portland stone parapet, angled Portland stone chimneystacks, cast-iron rainwater goods. Cupola on carved Corinthian columns, rectangular bronze plaque flanked by carved urns and circular clock face with carved swag over. Ashlar Portland stone walls, with rectangular panels, carved string courses, and ashlar limestone plinth course. Carved panelled pilasters and Ionic columns supporting entablature having dentillated cornice to first and second floors. Square-headed window openings with timber-framed casement windows. Carved Portland stone cornice and sill-course to third floor. Square-headed window openings to ground floor, limestone sills and replacement windows. Carved architrave and cornice to ground floor window at angled corner. Square-headed door openings with carved architraves, cornices and replacement doors. Located at junction of Westmoreland and Fleet Streets.

Appraisal

Built for the Pearl Insurance company, this building displays the characteristic restraint of classical buildings designed in the context of the Art Deco movement. The Dublin based architect, A.F. Hendy, composed an elegant fa├žade of Greek columns framed by strict rectangular panels. A bronze name plaque below the cupola, with raised lettering, provides contextual as well as artistic interest. The building represents the optimism felt in Ireland, and in particular Dublin, as the Irish Free State became more established. As part of a wealth of nineteenth and early twentieth-century buildings on Westmoreland Street, this stands out as one of the more decorative and greatly enhances the approach to College Green.