I'd say it had. That was done a lot to Georgian buildings; - removal of the first floor window pier and insertion of a fancy oriel window. There's a lot of them around. But now some of them have had the oriel removed to reveal an ugly rectangle. Like this and the "Funland - Come in and See" building on Upper O'C St.
Shawâ€™s directory of 1850 as discussed earlier showing the quay-end buildings on the west side of Westmoreland Street prior to the 1860s alterations that made them into the Ballast Office corner landmark. The only difference in the two buildings that became the landmark from the rest is that they were 3 bays, not 2.
And â€“ photographic proof â€“ a circa 1860 photo from The Heart of Dublin
showing the uniform parapet running up to the corner of Astonâ€™s Quay.
I find this picture spooky â€“ the sense of a continuous Georgian streetscape along Westmoreland Street, across the narrower hump-backed Oâ€™Connell Bridge and into Oâ€™Connell Street (different names then, of course) â€“ with the larger mass of the circa 1840 Imperial Hotel/Cleryâ€™s in the distance.
And all the top hat people â€“ wonder what kind of a day were they having?....
You can see that most of the WSCs granite shopfronts on the west side of the street had already been altered to bracketed timber types - after only about 50 years. The significance of Dâ€™Olier/Westmoreland Street as a piece of unified design must never have been highly regarded â€“ strange.
But - I canâ€™t get it in because itâ€™s too close to the fold of the book - just out of the picture on the left, thereâ€™s an unaltered original on the Fleet St corner, where Colemanâ€™s/Spar is now â€“ however it seems to be gone by the 1920s picture posted on the previous pageâ€¦