The End is Nigh…

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Around the corner from St Catherine’s church on Thomas Street, Dublin and indeed integrated into that building is this residence on Thomas Court, probably the former presbytery. The Gibbsian doorcase and carriage arch are typical of the 1760s when the church was rebuilt to John Smyth’s design and according to Graham Hickey of the Dublin Civic Trust, ‘the L-shaped plan of the house accords with John Rocque’s depiction of the site on his map of 1756, before the church was rebuilt, lending the tantalising possibility that it incorporates early fabric. It almost certainly contains recycled material from the previous building. It has since lost its original roof to a flat 20th-century affair.’
Seriously altered in the second half of the last century when converted into a number of residential units, the building then suffered damage as a result of a fire last winter. It now looks to be in very poor state and unless remedial work is undertaken soon the only outcome will be further decline and, as has happened far too often in this country, the threat of demolition due to claims of the property being in dangerous condition.

2 comments on “The End is Nigh…

  1. Stephen Barker says:

    Interestingly the City of London Corporation was criticised for neglecting Smithfield’s Market when plans for redevelopment were rejected. Who owns the property are they hoping to redevelop it ?

    • Thank you for getting in touch on this. I am not sure who owns the building but I suspect it is not the same group which has taken responsibility for the church; it was divided into flats but obviously is now empty and deteriorating fast. Another indictment of the local and national authorities’ failure to make sure that key parts of our cultural heritage are preserved for the future…

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