Saturday 30th 10:00 – 15:30
No 9 South Mall is a terraced three-bay four-storey Georgian house, constructed c.1800; with annexe to rear; in use as offices. It retains a slate mansard roof, parapet with stone coping. The double pile roof with the rear`section having a mansard arrangement provides usable roof space. This appears to be a unique feature of cork buildings.
It has a brick façade in Flemish bond and decorative plaster plaques to parapet with festoon motif, The building has six over six and nine over six timber sliding sash windows, two over one to ground floor, round headed door opening with timber panelled entrance door, decorative sidelights and fanlight, doorcase with fluted composite pilasters, and frieze and archivolt decorated with alternating rosettes and fluting; street frontage.
The building has a regional rating on the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage and is listed on Cork City Council’s register of Protected Structures. The recent works consisted the installation of a lift to the rear of the building and the glazing in of an external space to create a light filled atrium.
The decision was made to locate the lift shaft outside the building envelope rather than within the plan. To locate the lift internally would necessitate introducing lobbies, thus compromising the historic plan form, and was therefore better avoided. Rooms overlooking South Mall have intact cornices. The original staircase survives throughout. This is an open string stair having ornate brackets on the strings supporting the treads. Turned balusters with hardwood handrail. The original entrance doorcase with carved timber joinery survives intact. Original lime plaster finishes survive.
Location: Fachthna O’Driscoll Solicitors, 9 South Mall