1895 – Design for Hotel, Newcastle, Co. Down

Architect: William Batt


Unbuilt design for hotel on the Newcastle coast, presumedly on the site now occupied by the Slieve Donard. The Slieve Donard was constructed after an architectural competition.

“Our illustration shows view of a design submitted in late competition for above hotel. The instructions issued to Architects well attended to by the author in the preparation of his drawings as internal accommodation was more considered than external or internal ornamentation. Only portion of the hotel is to be built at present. To provide the accommodation asked for the first instance and to make all the apartments of the proper size suitable for a first class establishment, the sum set aside that purpose not exceeding 25,000, inadequate as it also included the expensive engineering work required for providing electricity which must be on the premises, as there is no gas in Newcastle. Primary consideration was given to the and its pleasure grounds the laying out the land for villa sites was made quite secondary consideration The east wing on the right of the drawing facing towards the sea was the part intended to be erected hereafter.” The Irish Builder, August 15 1895.