Firmly Lodged

The gate lodge on the south-west corner of St Stephen’s Green, Dublin. This was designed c.1880 by James Franklin Fuller, the Kerry-born architect much employed by Sir Arthur Guinness, raised around this time to the peerage as Baron Ardilaun: the latter paid for the 22-acre park to be landscaped and opened to the public (hitherto access was only available to keyholders). The lodge is an endearing hodge-podge of gables, dormer windows, mullions and bays constructed in brick, sandstone and timber (including ornamental bargeboards on the gables) and terracotta fish-tail tiles. The total cost was £2,256, much higher than was usually expended on such buildings.

2 comments on “Firmly Lodged

  1. Jim Daly says:

    As a student of Architecture in Dublin I walked past the cottage every day on my way to my studies. I am far from home but this beautiful structure reminds me of Dublin. Thank you Irish Aesthete for sharing.

  2. James Canning says:

    Great fun, in my view.

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