Agreed, not least as it's the reproduction of a shoddily altered building in the first instance!
As we saw earlier on this thread, Ballast House was once just comprised of two Wide Streets Commission buildings.
It appears they were amalgamated in the late 1860s, and much embellished with an imposing balustrade and cornice, and rather mediocre window dressings, all possibly happening later in the 1880s - the sheet glass windows across all floors suggestive of such.
This fascinating view from O'Connell Bridge House c. 1973 shows very clearly the lovely patina of the 18th century brick, with stucco or Roman cement dressings applied directly on top of the Georgian fabric.
You can even see the Georgian flat arches of fanned brick behind the architraves to the left
Indeed to this day you can see the same practice on McDonald's on O'Connell Street, where Victorian dressings sit atop the last surviving WSC brickwork on all of O'Connell Street.
This image also shows how the sheet sashes made the Ballast Office look much more 'commercial' and modern. along with its imposing balustrade. It's even possible they retained the Georgian sashes, just its impossible to make out with the resolution.
This view from around 1940 demonstrates what a distinguished contributor it was to the setting of O'Connell Bridge.
And what is probably my favourite 20th century view of the city, this wonderfully evocative image - again c. 1940 - demonstrates the stunning silhouette of the Ballast Office's truly iconic chimneys.
A similarly spine-tingly view from the 1950s.
A scandal of the highest order that this building was demolished, and insult added to injury in its replacement of such mediocrity.