Number 18 Ormond Quay encapsulates the essence of Dublin’s historic street buildings.
Easily overlooked and too commonly underused, these handsome merchant premises populate almost every street in central Dublin, originally designed as places to live and spaces to work. It is our intention to reinstate these original functions through PROJECT 18ORMOND, establishing a model for creative reuse and urban conservation that can be applied across the city.
Over the next three years, Dublin Civic Trust will undertake a wholesale refurbishment of the distinctive pair of buildings comprising 18 Ormond Quay Upper and 66 Arran Street East. Through regular access opportunities, courses and seminars on building materials and conservation techniques – along with online charting of the entire process - you can follow the project in detail and learn from the works.
Our vision is to restore a residential home to the upper floors of Number 18 with an active separate shop to the ground floor. The complex 18th-century rear portion of the building will follow as a second phase of refurbishment in 2018-19.
PROJECT 18ORMOND will be divided into three phases, for each of which your support is essential.
PHASE 1: Structural consolidation and exterior refurbishment of Number 18.
PHASE 2: Internal conservation and refurbishment of Number 18.
PHASE 3: Interior and exterior conservation and refurbishment of 18th-century rear building to Arran Street East.
Structural consolidation & exterior transformation
The initial investment phase at Number 18 during 2017 will comprise major structural consolidation and exterior repair of the river-facing building, returning it to its original 1843 appearance.
This will include:
- Extensive structural engineering to consolidate the bowing side wall to Arran Street East
- Removal of pebbledash to facades, and repair and repointing of brickwork.
- Structural stabilisation of historic shopfront, repair of granite masonry, and reinstatement of original configuration with central entrance door and Georgian-type windows with cast-iron grilles.
- Upper floor windows returned to their original Georgian grid configuration using precise historic dimensions.
These works will be followed by repair of interiors, including plasterwork, joinery, floors and ceilings as well as a mechanical and electrical services.
A subsequent phase in 2018-19 will address the more complex 18th-century building to the rear on Arran Street East. This will involve careful investigative opening-up works to help determine the structural condition of the building and its original layout and purpose.
- Late Georgian staircase straddling front and rear buildings
- Second floor rear room with 1840s shutterbox, plasterwork and chimneypiece
- Second floor front room overlooking the river Liffey. Missing original features such as window shutterboxes and decorative plasterwork will be reinstated.
- Top floor front room with coombed ceiling, overlooking the river Liffey
- Worn floorboards on second floor landing
- Rotted bonding timbers to side wall of Arran Street East, to be repaired
- Sash window repair works to second floor
- Typical 1840s sash window with concave 'horns' and lambstongue glazing bars under repair
- New glazing bars carefully spliced back into original 1840s frame
- Imposing Edwardian overdoor to shop, installed by grocer Edward Corcoran in 1902