Cut Stone Buildings in Cork

Cut Stone Buildings in Cork

Postby corcaighboy » Fri Sep 08, 2006 5:08 pm

Hi there, I had some shots of some of Cork's more interesting cut stone buildings and was not too sure where to post them given there is no specific thread on cut stone buildings. So I started this thread. First one up is the AIB bank on Cork's South Mall. The old Munster & Leinster Bank is one beautiful building and is as nice inside as outside.
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Re: Cut Stone Buildings in Cork

Postby corcaighboy » Fri Sep 08, 2006 5:16 pm

Cork's GPO occupies an unusual intersection (Oliver Plunkett St, Pembroke Street, & Winthrop Street). The building underwent some renovation a few years ago and the exterior was cleaned. All in all, they did a pretty good job.
The laneway pictured (Pembroke Street) has beeing partially pedestrianised. In the photo, you can just make out the street barriers....these jack up at 11am thus closing off the street to deliveries and other traffic. This has been replicated on some of the other lanes leading onto Oliver Plunkett Street and has made life rather more enjoyable for the pedestrian.
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Re: Cut Stone Buildings in Cork

Postby corcaighboy » Fri Sep 08, 2006 5:27 pm

Cork's City Hall....after the burning of Cork by the Black & Tans, this building, together with Cashs (now Brown Thomas), and Roches Stores (soon to be Debenhams) were the signature buildings that defined Cork's rebirth. The City Hall is currently undergoing some extensions and these have been mentioned elsewhere. You can just about make out the extension to the rear of one of the photos (together with the unusual "fin" on the roof of the extension...one of two).
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Re: Cut Stone Buildings in Cork

Postby A-ha » Fri Sep 08, 2006 8:10 pm

Brilliant pictures and brilliant thread. Keep it going.
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Re: Cut Stone Buildings in Cork

Postby phil » Mon Sep 11, 2006 11:05 am

Agreed. Good to see some images of existing buildings in Cork again.
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Re: Cut Stone Buildings in Cork

Postby Praxiteles » Mon Sep 11, 2006 8:04 pm

corcaighboy wrote:Hi there, I had some shots of some of Cork's more interesting cut stone buildings and was not too sure where to post them given there is no specific thread on cut stone buildings. So I started this thread. First one up is the AIB bank on Cork's South Mall. The old Munster & Leinster Bank is one beautiful building and is as nice inside as outside.



Hi Corcaighboy!

As you have started a thread on cut stone buildings in Cork, it migth be useful to indicate an endless source of lore on their construction]Stone Mad[/I] first published in 1966 when the stone cutting business was on its last legs. The book has been recently reprinted and is published by Routledge and Kegan Paul; London. The ISBN is 0 7100 1872 X. I give you a few specimen pages below in compensation for the disruption of your quiet coffee yesterday morning:

http://www.amazon.com/Stone-Mad-Seamus-Murphy/dp/1903464811/sr=1-1/qid=1157996568/ref=pd_bbs_1/103-0677851-9871816?ie=UTF8&s=books
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Re: Cut Stone Buildings in Cork

Postby corcaighboy » Wed Sep 13, 2006 4:54 am

Here are two shots of the Cork Savings Bank on Lapp's Quay. I particularly like this building, and will forever lament the fact that they built Connolly Hall next to it! :(
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Re: Cut Stone Buildings in Cork

Postby Praxiteles » Wed Sep 13, 2006 1:33 pm

Cork Court House
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Re: Cut Stone Buildings in Cork

Postby Praxiteles » Wed Sep 13, 2006 7:04 pm

St. Patrick's, Lower Glanmire Road, Cork (Geroge Pain, 1836)
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Re: Cut Stone Buildings in Cork

Postby Praxiteles » Wed Sep 13, 2006 7:14 pm

St. Mary's, Pope's Quay, Cork (Kearns Dean, 1832-1839)
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Re: Cut Stone Buildings in Cork

Postby d_d_dallas » Wed Sep 13, 2006 11:39 pm

BT's...
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Re: Cut Stone Buildings in Cork

Postby d_d_dallas » Wed Sep 13, 2006 11:42 pm

Holy Trinity
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Re: Cut Stone Buildings in Cork

Postby Praxiteles » Thu Sep 14, 2006 12:58 am

The Cork Butter Exchange
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Re: Cut Stone Buildings in Cork

Postby Praxiteles » Thu Sep 14, 2006 1:48 am

The New Custom House aka The Cork Harbour Commission (1818) by WIlliam Hargrave
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Re: Cut Stone Buildings in Cork

Postby Praxiteles » Thu Sep 14, 2006 9:47 am

St. Patrick's Bridge (1859-1861)

Designed by Sir John Benson and built by Joshua Hargrave

The bridge is 60 feet and 6 inches wide spanning 168 feet.
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Re: Cut Stone Buildings in Cork

Postby Praxiteles » Thu Sep 14, 2006 11:28 am

Obviously, guff is not restricted to the liturgical moguls. I would love to know who put this specimen togeher. The original building was destroyed by fire, we are told. You would never realize from that that we are talking of mass arson!

http://www.buildingsofireland.com/niah/search.jsp?county=CO®no=20513082&type=record

But, it does show Egans. And, if they are interested, some of the gutted fittings are in the foyer ofChristies hotel in Blarney. So much for conservation.
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Re: Cut Stone Buildings in Cork

Postby phil » Thu Sep 14, 2006 11:43 am

Praxiteles wrote:The Cork Butter Exchange


That is a nice image you posted above Praxiteles. I think this is one of the nicest parts of Cork City.
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Re: Cut Stone Buildings in Cork

Postby Praxiteles » Thu Sep 14, 2006 12:15 pm

unfortiunately, I could not get an arial image of the Firkin Crane to show off just how interesting the building is. Can you do something about it? We should not forget that in the older parts of the city, whose glory was already faded by the 19th. century, there are good examples of stone cut buildings.
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Re: Cut Stone Buildings in Cork

Postby Praxiteles » Thu Sep 14, 2006 6:01 pm

Parliament Bridge, Cork (1808)
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Re: Cut Stone Buildings in Cork

Postby jungle » Thu Sep 14, 2006 7:00 pm

Are there any more recent examples around the city?

Some of the new building in UCC perhaps?
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Re: Cut Stone Buildings in Cork

Postby Paul Clerkin » Thu Sep 14, 2006 7:44 pm

Praxiteles wrote:The Cork Butter Exchange



taken from here
http://www.irish-architecture.com/buildings_ireland/cork/cork/index.html
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Re: Cut Stone Buildings in Cork

Postby Praxiteles » Fri Sep 15, 2006 12:11 am

The Pavillion Cinema, Patrick's Street, Cork

Well known for its splendid tea-rooms on the first floor behind the venetian windows!
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Re: Cut Stone Buildings in Cork

Postby anto » Fri Sep 15, 2006 12:47 am

Praxiteles wrote:Parliament Bridge, Cork (1808)


Haven't been to Cork for a while but I can't belive that that building above the bridge is still vacant. Such a prominent site! I'm assuming that this picture is recent of course..
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Re: Cut Stone Buildings in Cork

Postby d_d_dallas » Fri Sep 15, 2006 1:32 am

It's not vacant insofar as it's undergoing redevelopment after 40 yrs of dereliction, however what going in is a uPVC and cheap builders aggregate nightmare. I think one of the other Cork threads has pictures of recent movement on site.
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Re: Cut Stone Buildings in Cork

Postby corcaighboy » Fri Sep 15, 2006 6:44 am

Here are some more imeages of Brown Thomas on Patrick Street. In my view, the most graceful building on Cork's main street. Looks classy and refined, even compared to the Roches Stores building next to it.

And opposite Brown Thomas, the old Cudmore's fruit/sweet store, now a Vodafone outlet. This building has two very graceful curved glass windows in front. Lost a bit of its charm now that it is no longer a kid's emporium of delight!
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