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Architectural Artistic Historical Social
Central Hotel/Star And Garter Hotel
In Use As
1800 - 1810
Terraced two-bay four-storey over basement former house over shop, built c.1805, having shopfront to front (west) elevation. Historically in use as an hotel, now in use as bookshop and café. Pitched roof with single-pitched span to front, hidden behind rebuilt brick parapet having granite coping, chimneystack with clay pots. Red brick, laid in Flemish bond, to walls, having granite quoins and decorative cast-iron brackets to first floor. Square-headed window openings with raised render reveals, masonry sills, ashlar granite continuous sill course to fourth floor window openings, masonry architraves and entablatures to second and third floors, wrought-iron balconettes to third floor window openings, replacement uPVC windows throughout. Oriel window having cornice over corbels, fixed pane timber framed windows, bowed to sides, stained glass overlights, carved sill with egg-and-dart motif, forming part of cornice to shopfront below. Decorative apron having cartouche incorporated into underlying entablature. Shopfront comprising pilasters with egg-and-dart motif to capitals, fluted consoles surmounted by pinnacles to foliated stops. Recent fascia over square-headed display window and door openings. Situated to east side and south of D'Olier Street.
This building was part of a unified terrace of purpose-built houses-over-shops designed by Henry Aaron Baker for the Wide Street Commission at the start of the nineteenth century. In contrast to the west side of D'Olier Street, many of the buildings on the east side have been altered or replaced. This building was substantially renovated in 1897 by William Mansfield Mitchell with the addition of the fine oriel window and shopfront. These well-executed features, with their use of Classical and Art Nouveau motifs, add artistic and contextual interest to the composition. The building also retains elements contributing to its original character, notably its fourth floor continuous sill course and regular fenestration pattern, which create a sense of continuity throughout the terrace, and are reminders of the former unity of the streetscape.