Survey Data

Reg No

50100006


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural, Artistic, Technical


Original Use

Shop/retail outlet


In Use As

Shop/retail outlet


Date

1900 - 1905


Coordinates

315986, 233899


Date Recorded

28/07/2016


Date Updated

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Description

Attached four-bay four-storey commercial building, built 1902 as one of unequal pair, with recent replacement shopfront, and south bay set back with passage entry access to ground floor; fully abutted to rear. Hipped slate roof, except for south bay which is flat, all concealed by red sandstone parapet with moulded cornice and frieze detailed with swags and panels carved with paterae. Concealed rainwater goods. Flemish bond orange brick walling, with giant pilasters to sides and projecting section. Square-headed openings to top floor with plain brick reveals, slightly projecting key blocks, flush sandstone sills, and mullion-and-transom casement windows; first and second floors lit to projecting section by full-width double-height glazed oriel corbelled out from shopfront fascia, with original glazing configuration retained and having mullion-and-transom multiple-pane timber-framed casement windows with leaded and stained upper panes, canted central section and decorative apron panels, fluted frieze with roundels, topped by cornice and segmental pediment, and having dentillated cornice; first and second floor openings to south bay have similar decorative treatment, with single mullion-and-transom casement windows with triangular pediments. Side elevation has six-over-six pane timber sliding sash windows with plain reveals; other openings altered for nightclub use.

Appraisal

No. 6 Grafton Street is one of a lively pair of commercial buildings by the architect L.A. McDonnell and built in the early years of the twentieth century. It is characterized by a blend of sandstone and vibrant orange brick and enlivened by a curious blend of neo-Classical and neo-Baroque ornamental devices. Unlike its neighbour, the fenestration, including stained-glass windows, remains intact, although this is somewhat offset by the loss of the original shopfront, the quality of which can be gauged from Nos. 4-5. The building contributes to the architectural vitality and eclecticism of Grafton Street, which was largely developed in the nineteenth century and is celebrated as Dublin's premier retail street.