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GrahamH
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I was going to post the above attic window as the final pretty token pretty shot, but we can’t let that unpainted putty go without comment! Unfortunately, the setting time required for putty often results in owners never getting around to actually finishing the job. It’s a common problem.

Another good job has been done nearby on Marlborough Street, on an innocuous rendered late Georgian facing the Abbey.

Again, being on the northside, and Marlborough Street at that, the restoration catches the attention immediately. Very nice indeed.

Here, it appears timber beading was thankfully used. A more palatable soft white paint was also employed, in contrast to the brilliant white of Upper Gardiner Street. Alas the brass window hooks are historically inappropriate and visually vulgar. Otherwise, an exceptional job.

Both of the above pictures’ windows appear to be original, the first pair being late 18th century and the single above c. 1830. The attic floor windows appear to be late 18th century style reproduction.

But as soon as you think you are getting anywhere in this city, along comes more rubbish to cancel it out. Further up on dismally neglected Parnell Street east – a street one often feels city authorities have forgotten even exists – No. 162, an on the face of it Victorian-but-could-be-earlier pile has been mauled with the most appallingly detailed double-glazed sashes.

There are cricket bats with thinner profiles than those glazing bars.

Woeful stuff. This is the new face of ‘conservation’ in Ireland, and it’s spreading faster that swine flu.

Another freshly desecrated property is Focus Ireland’s premises on historic Eustace Street in Temple Bar.

Apparently a Protected Structure (the Record as vague as ever), all windows – which I seem to recall as original – have been ripped out and replaced by horrendously detailed Georgian-cum-Victoriana double-glazed sashes with sticky-on glazing bars.

Even the horns are stuck on, while the sashes appear to slide up and down on tracks. Classy.

One really cannot blame property owners for this muck – though questions must be raised when a Protected Structure – but rather the manufacturers of this awful stuff, who know only too well what they’re at, and the legal obligations of owners. At least PVC peddlers can bask in their own cesspit of ignorance, but these ‘skilled joiners’, as they no doubt market themselves, should know better. They bring shame to their profession with such appalling products. Indeed, like the surgeons of old, one can separate the master craftsmen from the barbers with increasing ease at this stage. Given there’s only a handful of the latter in the State, their work stands out mile when you encounter it.

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