Re: Re: ‘Dutch Billys’

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@forrestreid wrote:

25 Aungier Street, not directly threatened Gunter, but the current application in for its neighbours will surely have something of an impact on it?

I am referring to application 2651/08, (lodged on 2nd May) where Flanagan’s funeral home plan to demolish part of 19-22 Aungier street (themselves protected structures) and to build:

“a new 26m high / 9 storey hotel building (with various building line/height and setbacks at lower levels) comprising: – 232 ensuite bedrooms, with all associated entrances, corridors exits, ramps, reception, foyer, licensed restaurant/bar, delivery areas, service areas, ESB substation and switch room with separate ramped access to 2 no. different basement levels ie: The upper basement parking to be accessed from existing archway between 22 and 23 Aungier Street will be for the sole use of Fanagan Funeral Directors to provide…”etc.

I haven’t had a good look at this application, but it does appear to be for development mostly to the rear of Aungier Street, rather than directly impacting on the old houses, including protected structures, on Aungier Street itself. The fact that they don’t appear to be addressing the existing poor state of no. 22 is itself a cause for concern though. I hope somebody in An Taisce is on top of this one.

I checked out the Hendrick Street situation, as originally posted by newgrange earlier in this thread. That 1950s photograph does appear to show the six ‘Dutch Billys’ that also appear on Rocque’s map (1756). My confusion was that the one surviving house (if you could call it that) isn’t one of the six. What now seems clear is that this last surviving house is the first of the 3, three storey, houses seen in the distance beyond the last of the 6 gabled houses. The bad news for ‘Billy’ watchers is that it appears that this house was never a Dutch Billy!

The last three houses look very very 1740s, but Rocque shows only open space here and there is a rear view of one of the three houses in the Architectural Archive and it shows a flat rear elevation, without a return and with a tall hipped roof, just like the front. This, despite the flush window frames, would put this house, and it’s two neighbours, into the transitional category that followed the phasing out of gables. Obviously some builders clung onto some of the earlier gabled house characteristics decades after the standard ‘Georgian’ house had become established elsewhere in the city.

I’ll post up the Hendrick St. picture again, together with a close up of the three transitional houses. The closest of the 3 three storey houses (no. 12) is the sole survivor today.

Below is a 1960s photograph of transitional houses on James Street which show some of the characteristics a bit clearer. Tall hipped roofs, square chimney stacks (again serving corner fireplaces), but a much more frugal simplicity to the elevations. Only one of the terrace of four similar three storey houses, (no. 164) survives today, but in an increasingly derelict state. There is also a fine four storey example on Bachelor’s Walk.

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