Re: Re: Dublin Historic Stone Paving disbelief
Aside from a few glitches such as the bollards issue and the running short of some granite, the standard of work to the historic paving in the City Architectâ€™s Department new Dame Street plaza project was good, and stands in contrast to an earlier project of theirs next door â€“ the millennium restoration of City Hall.
This was a very high profile job, carried out to international best-practice standards for historic monuments, befitting the great significance of the building. Unfortunately though, these standards did not extend to the historic granite pavements running around the building.
While, inside, an 18th century interior of European significance was being revealed for this first time in 150 years, outside, some of the most shockingly bad repair work was being undertaken to its pavements:
(Sorry for the dullness of the pictures; it’s rainy and wintry at the moment, and not the best time for taking pictures of pavements.)
1. East pavement
Appalling raised cement pointing carried out right along the east frontage of the building.
2. West pavement
The most disgusting raised cement pointing was carried out all along this magnificent stretch of sloping antique paving by the west faÃ§ade of the building, turning the corner along Castle Street and culminating in ridiculous diagonal cutting of flagstones at the upper entrance to Dublin Castle (above). And there’s much more just out of picture.
3. North pavement
No work was carried out here at the front of the building, and it still has the fine whitish flush-pointing that you see here and there around the city. Why? Because it would have been too dangerous to cordon off the footpath in this location for works.
This confirms two of the worst suspicions:
(a) that repointing work is, in many cases, unnecessary, and (b), they just do it for something to do, in a place where itâ€™s easy to do it.
This City Hall job starkly illustrated the sometimes sham-like inter-departmental coordination in the City Council, where the City Architectâ€™s Dept. could have top conservation consultants on massive fees working on the building itself, but let its surrounding pavements be almost destroyed by Roads Maintenance Dept. workers with no conservation training.