Houses on St. Pauls Avenue

Houses on St. Pauls Avenue

Postby Yossarian » Tue Apr 20, 2010 6:50 pm

Every time I get to come home to Cork for a weekend I take a few hours out to walk around the city centre, playing a game of 'spot the difference' and just generally soaking in the atmosphere. I've always had an afinity for the Hugenot quarter and the lanes, but I had forgotten about these little terraces until recently. They really are beautiful little houses, the brick detail and the proportions of each dwelling are fabulous! does anyone have any history on them, or know if there are plans for them in the future?

I heard that they were being bought up one by one, for what ends I don't know.
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Re: Houses on St. Pauls Avenue

Postby Rune Fruit » Wed Jun 09, 2010 5:51 pm

They were built in 1900/01 by the Office of Public Works to designs of the City Engineer and architect Henry Cutler. The place was originally the site of a fruit and veg market entered from the Coal Quay (Cornmarket St) via Little Market St. Cutler was also responsible for much of the design work at the Cork Exhibition site in 1902.
They're unsusual as they have accomodation on seperate floors each served by its own front door - hence the groups of three doors together. Its possible that Cutler got the idea from "Cottage Flats" being erected in parts of London about that time (he came from London to work in Cork, moving on to Belfast later.) Its notable that the Lord Mayor made sure that his name was on the plaque on the S end of the development, before building work had been completed - shades of the Banks of the Lee walk there, where the names of 4 different mayors can be found.
The total cost was a very reasonable £5,500 (about €60,000 today).

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Re: Houses on St. Pauls Avenue

Postby Yossarian » Wed Jun 30, 2010 5:10 pm

Thanks for that Rune Fruit.
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