Tsk - we're going to have the rank the media machine up a gear to face down this relentless anti-yellow brick spinning from 'the other side'.
gunter wrote: the question remains around what date would that have happen? 1800: not a chance!, 1810: no way, 1820: don't think so, 1825: maybe, but that's pushing it as far as I would go.
Quite the opposite from what I can make out - you need to go back to the 1790s to include the first, and by all accounts very substantial, yellow brick terraces of Gardiner Street. Agreed it would be most worthwhile to find the earliest openly 'out' yellow brick buildings in the city.
I've always believed that, for the bulk of the later Georgian period, say 1800 to 1820, yellow stock brick was only ever used reluctantly (probably for cost saving purposes) and in conjunction with red mortar to maintain a broadly consistent appearance with the predominant finish of imported red brick, the staple building material in Dublin at that stage for over a century.
Alas you've been fed a pup, gunter! And I suspect the same is the case for a disturbing number of bricklayers and pointers in the city. The obsession for lashing on pink mortars (which conform to neither red or yellow traditions!) over perfectly sound and naturally coloured yellow brick (and often red too) is surely a Dublin peculiarity.
...given that we know that the blending up of yellow brickwork with red mortar was a practice in use at this time
We don't know this at all! Indeed I have yet to come across a single example in Dublin, let alone even a vaguely convincing one, where yellow brick was colourwashed and/or pointed using red mortar from the outset of the building's construction. The Capel Street terrace has far from proved to be such a case, and beyond that contentious little number we have encountered nothing thus far.
I'm glad the Westmoreland/D'Olier Streets example has been raised. As the most ambitious set-piece of urban planning of its age in Ireland, this development must surely stand as an accurate barometer of accepted tastes in brick amongst the architectural establishment, and thus eliminating the more muddled aspirations of the developer and self-builder.
There is little question that Westmoreland Street, as the more prestigious of the two thoroughfares, was built intentionally in red brick. Red brick was indisputably the prestige material of the 18th and 19th centuries, notwithstanding intermittent favouring of yellow brick along the way. However, the use of both red brick and yellow brick was also an intentional device in my view, designed to generate a distinctive identity for each street, rather than have them both entirely of the one material. The fact that the Wide Streets Commission were also desperate to inject some modicum of graciousness into Dublin street architecture through the employment of London-esque dressings, suggests they were also favourably disposed to the use of yellow brick in the London manner.
Good question about where the red ended and the yellow began on the distinctive ‘triangle’ plan. I imagine the apex building (now demolished) was built of red brick, with yellow following directly after for the entire length of D’Olier Street. Given the relatively narrow depth of that building, this would not have been overly jarring to the eye (shown here with Victorian accretions).
I believe the Carlisle Building formerly on the site of O’Connell Bridge house was also of brown brick? I do accept though that cost may well have influenced matters to some degree on D'Olier Street.
But there is absolutely no question in my mind that D’Olier Street was intended as anything other than an expressly yellow brick street. There is no evidence whatever on its many surviving facades to suggest the use of either red mortar or colourwashes, either original or later alterations. The mortar joints also appear to be original in some cases (it’s difficult to be sure viewing from street level), and exhibit no hint of tuck pointing as the yellow brick is of such regular quality.
We must also remember that the yellow brick scheme also extended all of the way round onto College Street and also jumped over to the site of Pearse Street Garda Station with what would appear to be a distinguished matching yellow brick building with granite dressings.