Re: Re: ‘Dutch Billys’

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@Devin wrote:

In regard to Dublin, you will be aware, gunter, that the views and panoramas of the time indicate that a majority of gables in Dublin were just plain triangular, rather than curvilinear.

That’s true . . . . . if you confuse older stock with newly built ‘Billys’ and also backs with fronts.

@Devin wrote:

There’s also the factor of poorly arranged or asymmetrical facades, which are seen a worrying number of times in extant gabled buildings – examples on Duke Street, St. Stephen’s Green, and Capel Street.

That Devin is because you are not understanding these houses properly IMO.


various views of ns. 16, 17 [rendered house with blank central windows on upper floors], 18 and 19 Duke Street


aerial view showing the rear of this group, no. 19 has the white roof.

Nos. 18 and 19 were clearly a pair although the facade of no. 19 has been completely rebuilt as an unremarable two-bay in Victorian brick. The full height returns to both houses suggests that the original roof structure to these houses [the existing roofs are at too low at pitch to owe anything to the original construction and the pattern fits the individual hipped hat roofs that characterized ‘Billy’ make-overs of the early 19th century] started at shoulder height on the fourth storey at the lowest, therefore the gabled facades probably incorporated a single feature, possibly a lunette window, above the pair of widely spaced top floor windows. Either that, or the original roof was a twin and the facade was twin gabled, which would be my prefered explanation, but I know how this upsets you.

Either way, the composition was resolved.

That aerial photograph also shows up the travisty that was perpetrated opposite on the Marks + Spencer site, which we’ll deal with another time.

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