Fergal McGirl - Conservation architect dublin

30-31 o’connell street, dublin 1 – facade repairs


Nos. 30-31 Lower O’Connell Street are part of a group of four buildings reconstructed in 1919 after the 1916 Easter Rising. Although the buildings were all developed separately by different architects and for different clients, their uniformity is a result of an expert committee established after the rising who produced a masterplan and guidelines for the reconstruction work to O’Connell Street.

The buildings resemble each other: all being four-storey over (concealed) basement with similar pilasters and continuous horizontal cornice and frieze.  They only distinction between the buildings is the fenestration patterns between the pilasters. No. 30 features a fully intact set of Edwardian steel  windows.

We were commissioned in 2018 by Malcolm Hollis Building Consultants to provide conservation consultancy for facade repairs and upgrading works to the buildings. We subsequently provided advice to JLL Ireland and the incoming retail tenant, Mountain Warehouse.