Re: Re: ‘Dutch Billys’

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Yep I was thinking that too. The proposed restoration of No. 19 appears to be a good one (with an excellent historical appraisal compiled by Cathal Crimmins).

The outbreak of fire at No. 6 Aungier Street, an early to mid-18th century house, on Saturday night is of grave concern. This building, pictured below c. 2000 (and still appearing the same now, just burnt), features/featured a corner chimneystack and a c. 1740s dogleg staircase with turned balusters and chunky handrail. Some early doors and reveal panelling were also extant.

The building, which is not protected, has undergone numerous recent planning applications, one of which in 2007 proposed “seriously substandard” apartments for the site. The most recent submission, in September 2008, also proposed demolition of the house and adjacent buildings for the construction of a block of more generous apartments. This was also refused on the principal grounds of:

“The proposed demolition of the historic dwelling no. 6 Aungier Street, which retains considerable mid eighteenth century fabric and which contributes to the character of Aungier Street and provides a reference point in the evolution of the street, would seriously injure the amenities of Aungier Street, which is listed as designated conservation area and a key historic street the Dublin City Development Plan. Moreover the proposal does not accord with policy 15.10.3, which seeks the retention and re-use of older buildings of significance. Accordingly the proposed development would be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.”

So one wonders what is now left of the interior of this significant historic building, and indeed of its future?

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