Re: Re: ‘Dutch Billys’

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With reference to the 1832 drawing [posted above], we can rationalize a number of odd features of the facades on nos. 87 and 88 Stephen’s Green.

using a Graham photograph recycled from earlier in the thread

The peculiarly long granite lintols to two of the first floor windows on no. 88 [green door] now make sense as the heads of the original pair of wider windows here, subsequently joined by a central window to make for a uniform three bay facade [probably being edged sideways in the process]

We see this feature again and again in Dublin Dutch Billys, particularly in pairs [like the Longford Street pair], where one house has a standard three bay facade up to attic storey and it’s neighbour’s facade reduces from three bay to two bay just at first floor level, usually with this pair of windows being significantly wider.

The much shorter granite lintol over the central 1st fl. window at no. 88 was probably a recycling of the sole attic storey window lintol, brought down from position ‘A’ to position ‘B’ during a presumably simultaneous rebuilding of the top storey which eliminated the curvilinear gable and substituting in it’s place the present uniform three bay arrangement to the top storey also.

The facade of no. 87 [blue door] is much less altered, but I suspect the attic storey windows here have been widened by a half brick on both sides.

Dotted in is an overlay of the probable original gable profiles.

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