Conservation work on an important and historic home in rural Kilkenny. This home is reputed to have been designed by the architect of Washington’s White House, James Hoban.
The house is a three-bay two-storey over part raised basement Church of Ireland glebe house, built 1830, on a rectangular plan with two-bay full-height side elevations. The hipped slate roof with pressed or rolled lead ridges centred on limestone ashlar chimney stack having cut-limestone stepped capping supporting terracotta pots, and cast-iron rainwater goods on slightly overhanging eaves on cut-limestone thumbnail beaded cornice retaining cast-iron downpipes.
The roof of the building required extensive conservation work and water ingress through deteriorated Lime render was causing damage to plaster interior fittings.
We removed and replaced the roof on the building annex, retaining as much of the original materials as possible along with reclaimed appropriate slates and matching cast iron gutters.
Work was carried out under the supervision of a Conservation architect and the local authority heritage officer.