Some houses have been altered beyond recognition of course...
By contrast, the house next door is the only one left in the whole development with its original windows. These are of the plainer of the two designs used in the scheme, but are refined nonetheless. Lovely original slating too.
Sadly, the fabulous swan neck lamppost in the original picture (that model always made for the most spectacular silhouette in black and white photographs) no longer survives, but one does cling on for dear life in an expectedly altered state at the entrance to the 'parade' at the junction with North King Street.
Clearly it hasn't been painted since the 1920s either.
This housing scheme is not, as is to be expected, a Corporation housing development per se, but rather one built by a so-called 'public utility society', a commonplace form of housing enterprise in the early years of the 20th century. Ruth McManus explains their operation very well, with the societies effectively operating as property development agencies through the construction of small and medium-scale housing schemes which catered for the ‘lower end’ of the housing market. In theory they were to have philanthropic aims, and by and large they did simply by definition of the modest type of dwellings that they built, usually adjacent to Corporation housing and on land provided by the Corporation with accompanying reduced rates. But like the Dublin Artisans Dwellings Company, at the end of the day these societies provided housing for those who were not in most need of being re-housed, with the desperately poor still living in tenement conditions and awaiting the direct intervention of publically-subsidised mass housing in the city centre and new outlying suburbs.
However, the societies – as with the Linenhall Public Utility Society which built the 63 houses pictured above – helped to significantly reduce the housing shortage of the 1920s and 1930s, and thus were viewed favourably by local authorities and ultimately by legislation in accommodating their endeavours.
The rendered plaque to the Linenhall Society still remains, well presented, on the central end house in the scheme.
The building jutting into the right of the original picture is a curious semi-industrial building of c. 1910 date, built at a remove from the earlier houses on the street in what was probably wasteland at the time.