1879 – ‘Kensington’, No.31 Windsor Avenue, Belfast

Architect: William Batt


Substantial polychromic brick villa constructed in a fashionable are of Victorian Belfast. Illustration published in The Irish Builder, June 15 1879.

“The walls are built with best perforated brick, having blue brick where shown for bands and arches. The interior wood-work is the best selected pitch and yellow pine, and has been highly polished. A handsome sash-door gives access from porch to the hall, which is 8 ft.wide. The drawing-room, dining-room, and bed-rooms over same are each 24 ft. by 18 ft., exclusive of bows which are 11 ft. 6 in. by 6 ft. 9 in. All the sashes are filled with best polished plate-glass ; the staircase window, panels of sash-door, and side lights being stained enamelled glass. The plasterers* work is of an ornate and original kind, as all the designs for centre pieces and enrichments were executed from designs supplied by the architect. The conservatory, as well as portion of main house, is heated by hotwater, having ornamental cast-iron grating over same. The front is enclosed by a low wall having iron railing on top and ornamental entrance gates.”