Re: Re: well what about the developments popping up in the shannonside ?
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The more talk there is about this development the more it concerns me, nobody has come out and spoken about the precise area that is to be redeveloped, there seems to be a wall of silence surrounding the whole project and this dosent fill me with any kind of confidence,the city council have a habit of keeping people in the dark when they want to push things through, not one public representative has questioned what buildings are going to be lost, its pretty disgraceful to be honest!, i find inconceivable that the city council, civic trust or the public in general would stand by and let another historic area of the city be destroyed!. We’ve already made a great job of o connell street, contrast the pictures of the street from the 50s with what the street looks like now and you’ll see just how many attractive buildings have been lost,the street is in a fairly pathetic state now but it just shows how a wrong attitude cant scar a city so much, we could have a beautiful o connell street now if the city fathers of the past werent so narrowminded and shortsighted, the last thing we need now is another horrible plastic and glass structure right in the city centre!. I really thought we had learned our lesson by now, theres even been rumours that the granary could be sacrificed, hopefully its a load of bullshit, if that was the case they may as well knock king johns castle and st johns cathedral while they’re at it! 😡
Just got this on the city coucil website, no mention of rutland street and patrick street here:
Limerick’s Conservation Area is located within the Georgian Area of the city, also known as Newtown Pery. This area includes the blocks between Pery Square and Henry Street and from Barrington Street to Mallow Street.
Most of the original street furniture and external features of the buildings still exist in Newtown Pery, although the original character of the interior has all too often been compromised.
Here are some examples of the features left in their original condition:
Remnants of old lamps remained in the form of lamp posts may be seen at the Pery Square / Hartstonge Street corner, outside the former house of Lord Limerick on Henry Street.
Examples of coal cellar covers set in the pavements can be seen on Pery Square and Hartstonge Street.
Gargoyles decorated with grotesque figures may be seen on the Leamy School building on Hartstonge Street.
Some fire plates can be seen above the balconies of numbers 2 and 3 Pery Square.
Ward boundary plates may be seen at O’Connell Street / Lower Mallow Street corner. These plates were erected around the mid 19th century to identify the constituencies for local government elections. They were made of cast iron by the Harrison Lee Foundry.
Mews were at that time an integral part of the townhouse. Used for stabling horses, storing carriages, they were located at the rear of the terrace in a laneway. Most of them still exist but they have often been converted into workshops, garages. The most distinguishing features of mews were the arched entrances and the hay loft above. Examples of Georgian mews may be seen on Hartstonge Street, at the back of the Tontine buildings, and on Catherine Street.
An interesting thing about Georgian buildings is the ironwork, found on balconies (mainly on the first floor) and railings, which still survive in good condition. Examples of these features can be seen on the buildings built after 1800. Excellent Victorian and Georgian style railings and gates may be seen on O’Connell Street. An example of a protective handrail can be seen on Hartstonge Street. While the balconies of the buildings on Pery Square are rather plain, those in other streets are more pleasingly decorative and they certainly help to soften the rigid lines of the terraces. This is the case on O’Connell Street, The Crescent and Mallow Street.
The Neo-Classical influence on railings is also evident in the decorative Grecian urns, which are placed at the intervals along the railings. These are such an ubiquitous feature of Limerick’s streets that they often go unnoticed.
Examples of bootscrappers may be seen on Barrington Street. A classical example of a bootscrapper in the shape of a Unicorn can be seen on Pery Square.
The main focus of attention in a terrace is the door, which is always set to one side of the house. The typical Georgian doorway has a semi-circular, decorative fanlight over the entrance and Classical style wooden or stone columns framing the door. The Limerick doorways are wide, with columns merging into the brickwork, as can be seen on O’Connell Street and The Crescent.