Photographer's Note

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.

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