In May this year, 18 Ormond Quay Upper won a Conservation Award from Europa Nostra and is now nominated for their Public Choice Award 2021. Deadline for voting is 5th September. The Public Choice Award winner will be announced on 23rd September at the European Heritage Awards Ceremony.
The conservation of 18 Ormond Quay Upper, an elegant merchant building built in 1843, was undertaken by Dublin Civic Trust, an independent heritage organisation, to demonstrate best conservation practice of an historic urban building. The work took 4 years and involved the major structural consolidation of the building which was partly at risk of collapse. The original brickwork was restored using a traditional brick pointing technique called ‘wigging’ - the Irish version of tuck pointing.
The granite shop front was restored to its original 1843 appearance with research conducted to reinstate missing elements, including windows and doors. New lamps were commissioned to precisely replicate the oil lamps used in Dublin in the early 19th century. Internally, all original fabric was carefully retained and repaired with new services discreetly concealed. The original residence was reinstated in the upper floors, while authentic decoration and finishes were deployed throughout the building.
The majority of the project’s cost, approximately 90%, was funded by the Trust with support from Dublin City Council, with the remainder funded by government heritage grants and private benefactors.
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