Some lo-fi mobile phone pictures above taken in 2007 of a 19th century
building in Howth Village. It has a prominent urban design location at the
junction of Church Street and Abbey Street, in the centre of the village.
Looked like it had been vacant for a number of years and was deteriorating.
Some windows had been PVC'd but some early 19th century sash windows were
remaining. There was a For Sale sign, also saying that it had full PP for
renovation and new development to the rear.
I was horrified to return to Howth at the weekend and see the result of the
PP for new development and renovation (see pictures below):
- The prominence of the building at the head of the junction has
- It has been poorly restored, with bad historic detailing
- The new development is Mullingar engineer style and entailed
demolition of an old village building
Howth village is still very much intact and oozing character, dominated a
big catholic church and with traditional pitched-roof buildings running up
and down the hill and set into the contours. It does not take much study to
identify and retain this character. So why has an abysmally-designed twee
and overscaled 'village style' development been dumped in here seriously
undermining the village design character and fabric and the setting of a key
When you see these type of schemes on a Portlaoise back street you cringe
but think 'what the hell' because the councils are all run by estate agents,
cute hoor councillors and savages, but this is trendy Dublin fishing village
There are some NIAH entries for Howth village here, but the buildings affected
by this scheme are not recorded: http://buildingsofireland.ie/niah/search.jsp?county=FI&name=&town=howth&townland=&type=quick&page=4
Is this your idea of consolidation of Howth village, Fingal?
Just what a village centre needs to create and sustain vitality and activity
in the street - a big wide car park opening.
These schemes seem to specialise in formless lumps rearing up at the back as
seen here. This is execrably bad Fingal County Council. How could you have
allowed it in the centre of Howth village?? Why is the special vernacular
village character of Howth being killed off like this? What's the story? Are
there no architects or conservation staff working in your council who could
have inputted on this and avoided this atrocious result?
The new windows put in are not copies of the original elegant slender
glazing-barred historic sashes which had survived (left), but have crude, lined, fat
glazing bars (right). I could brain the people who make these windows.
Almost adjoining the scheme on Abbey Street is a medieval building which has
been restored for habitation, and it was all done in accordance with best
conservation practice and with due regard for the importance of the building and
its setting. Story here: http://www.irishtimes.com/newspaper/property/2008/0501/1209420699583.html
So what happened with the yoke above??