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Old April 5th, 2015, 02:14 AM   #1
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Architectural conservation thread

We often rant about the state of some beautiful buildings/areas on other threads so why not bring all our rants together into one thread?

I saw this article earlier. There's a really good video in it. It makes for some grim viewing

http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/he...tory-1.2164468
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Old April 12th, 2015, 02:16 PM   #2
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Good idea for a thread, unfortunately I fear that most posts here will actually be about buildings being neglected rather than conserved.

Just to throw in a couple of links that were in a couple of posts I made recently. The first of which is a good news story, hopefully we will see more of the excellent refurbishment which happened at Kevin Street library;

http://www.dublincityarchitects.ie/?p=1606

At least DCC are doing something.

The IT also recently pointed out former (or soon to be former) Garda stations which are in need for conservation works, although unfortunately not yet on the protected structures list, but are opportunities to provide community/cultural/tourist facilities;

http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-s...tion-1.2152616

Another article along these lines in read recently is about the plight of Belcamp House, which Gannon Homes own and are seemingly happy to allow it to deteriorate. DCC really need to step in here and take over the building in order to protect it. Obviously they will struggle to find the money for its conservation but they need to do minimum preventative maintenance in order to protect it from the elements.

http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-s...blin-1.2097157

Cant see that happening any time soon because poor auld Aldborough House is in a similar predicament, DCC have served enforcement proceedings against the current owners and have put money towards protecting the building, yet continue to leave it in the care of its neglectful owner. DCC, along with the Heritage Council, OPW, Irish Georgian Society and An Taisce really need to be doing more for these buildings.
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Old April 30th, 2015, 07:04 PM   #3
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http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/he...reet-1.2194311
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Museum of Dublin tenement life set for Henrietta Street

The house, built in 1748, comprises ‘time capsule’ untouched for more than 100 years
Good to see something being done to breath new life into one building on what is one of the most important streets in Dublin. At least DCC are doing something to improve the street, hopefully it will increase footfall and inspire someone to do something with other buildings.
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That's great news Henrietta Steet is my favourite Dublin street. Good to hear they're trying to put some life into the place.
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That's great news Henrietta Steet is my favourite Dublin street. Good to hear they're trying to put some life into the place.
As Dublin's oldest Georgian street it definitely deserves some love and attention.
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As Dublin's oldest Georgian street it definitely deserves some love and attention.
The whole of the North Georgian core does, what's left of it. Falling to bits.
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Recent article about Shackleton Mill;

http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-s...halt-1.2371082

Another fine building being neglected rather than conserved. This place has so much potential, an impressive building, great views of the liffey and full of interesting machinery. FCC generally do a good job making use of places like this, hopefully they get the finger out soon and sort out Shackletons Mill.





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Another interesting article in the Irish Times, this time about the Magazine Fort in the Phoenix Park;

http://www.irishtimes.com/life-and-s...ival-1.2450279

It would be great to see it brought back into use somehow which would help open an underused part of the park to more regular use. A military themed walking/cycle route including the fort, the War Memorial Gardens and Kilmainham Gaol is a good idea.
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http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/he...vent-1.2714187

200 year old convent with many original features not listed, hardly surprising given how that area has been allowed to rot.
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The HSE have put the St Senan’s psychiatric hospital up for sale;

http://www.irishtimes.com/business/c...-000-1.2930239

While the building is very impressive from the outside, inside is a different story;

http://wexfordhub.com/st-senans-psychiatric-hospital/

An Taisce list is as a Buildings at Risk. You would think the only use for the building would be as a five star hotel, cant see anything else justifying the investing the kind of money the place needs as it is a vast building.
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The HSE have put the St Senan’s psychiatric hospital up for sale;

http://www.irishtimes.com/business/c...-000-1.2930239

While the building is very impressive from the outside, inside is a different story;

http://wexfordhub.com/st-senans-psychiatric-hospital/

An Taisce list is as a Buildings at Risk. You would think the only use for the building would be as a five star hotel, cant see anything else justifying the investing the kind of money the place needs as it is a vast building.
I think these aerial images illustrate the scale of the complex. You'd need someone with serious cash and commitment to redevelop it. I'd love to see it used.



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I think these aerial images illustrate the scale of the complex. You'd need someone with serious cash and commitment to redevelop it. I'd love to see it used.
Yip, thats why I cant see anything other than a luxury hotel there. The purchase price is a pittance though for a building of that size.
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The purchase price is a pittance though for a building of that size.
Which means it needs to be either demolished or gutted to be fit for any return on the investment.
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Interesting project from Kilkenny;

http://www.kilkennypeople.ie/news/ho...4m-revamp.html

More details and images here;

https://consult.kilkenny.ie/en/syste...sentation1.pdf
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