Pictured here is a building known as "The Cornmill" situated in Sean mcDermott street in north inner city Dublin.
The building is somewhat of a strange find in the city, situated among a block of dreary ruined Georgian houses. Locals know the building as the cornmill, as this was its use in more recent times, before it became abandoned and left to the elements.
The history of the building is quite interesting. It was originally the facade of a Greek Revival style presbyterian church built around 1810. As the church fell into the disuse, there was a strange glitch in the paperwork which protected the structure.
It was deemed that the facade of the church was of architectural importance, which led to it being protected. However, as the protection notice made reference to the facade, but not the actual building, the rest of the church was destroyed, leaving just the greek portico standing, and a new building was built (the cornmill) pressed right up against the ruins. As a result of this, the portico and greek columns now no longer have an entrance behind them, and are just against a plain brick wall.
They present a strange dark element to this predominantly red brick street. This image has not been desaturated at all, this is the actual colour of the building.
Interestingly, this was the second church which was destoyed on this one street in the space of 50 years.
It is a bone of contention for many in Dublin that such a building is left to decay, and plans were put forward in the past to have the portico moved and used as an entranceway to a local park, but to date, none of these plans have been realized.
Thanks for looking!
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kathryn_weir (2056) 2012-08-02 3:21
Thank you for your very informative notes. I must admit when I first saw this in thumbnail it did look as if some parts were desaturated. My little boy said it looks like Gringotts bank :) It does seem a shame it is now a doorway to nowhere and it certainly seems it would be more fitting for such a grand portal to mark the entrance to a nice park instead. I like the photographic effect of the mono looking building contrasted with the rich red brickwork behind as well as the perspective effect leading off to the left
thanks for sharing
jhm (141307) 2012-08-02 3:27
An church roof with a vegetation this see we not everyday.
Indeed this is very a pity that nobody is concerned about these church.
This is a beautiful heritage!
Excellent composition and lovely presentation, TFS.
Have a nice day,
sacimar (26037) 2012-08-02 3:45
this is an interesting building, I like the architecture, I wouldn't say this was a church, the facade is original, well seen,
lousat (79165) 2012-08-02 4:06
Hi Noel,a beautiful choice of point of view to create this original and nice perspective,i like the dark lights and the typical irish sky,very good vertical crop too.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
JFS (32459) 2012-08-02 5:11
The visual effect is incredible! So unique! And a garden on the top...Well seen and well presented my friend!
PecoBud (3824) 2012-08-02 12:53
This building for sure looks out of place, but adds to the charm of your POV. Excellent angle you've chosen with great care to details, colors, and light management. Fantastic presentation Noel!!
TFS.........Your Friend from California........Buddy
photoray (12797) 2012-08-02 19:32
An attractive architectural Greek influence with the temple like classic portico, looking much older than 1810.
And interesting contrast with the red brick adjoining buildings.
Well done, Congratulations,
ACL1978 (7511) 2012-08-03 13:56
Almost like two pictures here, Noel - the church is indeed quite out of place here, but it's an interesting capture nonetheless. The stark background of the sky helps illustrate the contrast in the colors and styles on the street, and I love the little burst of plant life coming up from the roof of the Cornmill at right.
delpeoples (53667) 2012-08-04 2:58
Dia duit dear Noel
It's such a shame to hear that this glorious old building has been allowed to fall into disrepair. But as we are all in the grip of the GFC, governments tend to be all about economic rationalism and cost-cutting where history and preservation seem to take last place. It must be a difficult choice to in Ireland, what exactly to maintain and protect as you have so much history. But that is certainly no excuse and I hope something is done. Once again you bring us to a little-known part of Dublin, made all the more charming by that fact. Your note is intriguing and the photo well-demonstrates marked difference in architectural styles but also how something so exquisite has been neglected. I've just finished looking at a photographic book of Sydney called 52 Suburbs. The photographer has concentrated on a suburb a week for a whole year and has come up with a real treasure, of lesser known places in my city. Maybe you could do something similar with your city, as you seem to be well on the way here.
Anyway, thanks for sharing, have a lovely Saturday. I'll be up early on Monday morning watching the Donegal v Kerry march in some seeedy pub somewhere :)
bukitgolfb301 (36742) 2012-08-05 18:43
Hi dear Noel, how are you?
Sorry for my late reply, as I have just backed from 5 days trip.
Wow another significant and impressive shot indeed.
Thick and heavy color touch is so tasteful for me. Nice contarst of red and gray colors. Color and light control are perfect. Thanks for your sharing with the finest shot and have a good start of a new week! Best regards,
Takero in Tokyo
abmdsudi (44844) 2012-08-10 10:13
Excellent narratives. Great effort, sure you have done your very best to get the optimum result as shown. Lots of attention being paid to the main subject. I like the effect you have created for It does look like it's from another era, looked abandoned in sad state and gloomy but it look so eyecacthing against the adjacent bright buildings. The stark grittiness, tones, clarity and the weathered look really makes for me. Fabulous work, TFS
Tigerlily (3107) 2012-08-12 4:02
Interesting selective colour, nice POV. What a shame it was abandoned. I always feel that when houses are not in use, they fall down..
siudzi (34113) 2012-08-12 5:43
This building looks very interesting here and has a really great history. Like the way you presented and cropped with others at this street. Great work, good story.
Have a lovely afternoon!
Miguel82 (25049) 2014-05-23 20:27
That's true Noel, amazing building if I compare to the redbricks construction around it, informative photo note, so it was originally the facade of a Greek gevival style presbyterian church, greetings