Survey Data

Reg No




Categories of Special Interest

Architectural, Artistic, Social

Original Use

Gate lodge

In Use As



1885 - 1895


316142, 236376

Date Recorded


Date Updated



Detached three-bay single-storey gate lodge, built c. 1890, having central projecting porch to front (south) elevation, canted-bay window to west elevation, and recent two-bay single-storey addition to northwest. Hipped slate roof with clay ridge tiles having terracotta ball finials, red brick chimneystack with cut granite copings and clay pots, moulded limestone eaves course, and replacement aluminium rainwater goods. Red brick walling, laid in Flemish bond, having cut limestone block-and-start quoins, limestone platband at sill level, carved stringcourse over windows, on cut limestone plinth course over squared rock-faced granite course. Segmental-headed window openings with shouldered carved limestone surrounds with dropped scrolled keystones, stepped limestone sills, and one-over-one pane timber sliding sash windows. Segmental-headed doorway to porch, with similar detailing to windows, plain overlight and replacement timber panelled door, approached by single nosed granite step. Set to west of archbishop's residence and Holy Cross College, behind entrance gateway.


This gate lodge retains an intact and original character, with substantial preservation of its salient features. The limestone architraves are finely carved and crisp in their detail and lend textural and tonal variation to the red brick of the walls. The building also enhances the visibility of the accompanying gateway on Drumcondra Road Lower. This west entrance to the Holy Cross College complex focuses on the Archbishop's residence, so it is fitting that this gate lodge, in its style and fabric, acts as an introduction to the architecture of the latter. The archbishop's residence was built at the end of the nineteenth century for Paul Cullen (1803-78), founder of the college and one of the most influential individuals in the rejuvenation of the Catholic Church in the late nineteenth century.