Re: Re: Thomas Street & James Street, Dublin!
It looks like no. 164 is to be sacrificed.
the rear of 164 – 167 photographed in 1995
No. 164 is the last survivor of a series of terraces of ‘Transitional’ houses that, up to the mid 1990s, still lined most of the north side of James Street, west of the Fountain. If DCC have sanctioned the demolition of this house, that would be disturbing.
A Patrick Healy photograph of 163 – 166 James St in the 1960s
A 1995 photograph of 164 – 167 James St. after dereliction had begun to take hold
A photograph of 164 – 167 James St. after fire had gutted no. 162 a couple of years ago
Nos 162 – 164 James St. today with more of no. 162 lost and with the roof of no. 164 removed in apparent preparation for full demolition
‘Transitional’ houses form a key part of the 18th century building record in Dublin, they provide the physical evidence that the gabled tradition, with its single massive corner chimney stacks, axial roof structures and closet returns, endured long after the introduction of flat parapets anounced the the re-convergence of architectural taste here with that of the neighbouring island. In a civilized country, that would be a part of the building record that people would ensure was protected.