18 Ormond Quay Upper is a fine example of a mid-19th century merchant building, hosting three storeys of living accommodation over a ground floor shop. Since 2016, it has been beautifully conserved by Dublin Civic Trust as a demonstration of the architectural and living potential of the city’s historic building stock. 18 Ormond Quay Upper was rebuilt in the years 1842-43, incorporating a rare cut granite shopfront that likely predates the reconstruction, built in the arcaded style popularised by the Wide Streets Commission in Dublin during the 1780s. The building’s upper floor facades have seen the removal of cementious pebbledash and restoration of the original brickwork using traditional ‘wigged’ pointing in lime mortar. Sash windows and authentic 1840s style shop windows and doors have also been reinstated. Inside, major structural stablisation of the side gable wall was undertaken, followed by lime replastering, restoration and partial rebuilding of the staircase, and reinstatement of architectural joinery. The interiors have been decorated in an authentic 1840s style using original Irish and Dublin wallpaper designs, chimneypieces and paint schemes.
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