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A place in history

 

Incorporating the fabric of an earlier (1865) counterpart built to designs prepared by John Sterling Butler (b. 1816) together with an earlier (1817) house having connections with the Hackett family <members of this family include Dr.Hackett, a friend and supporter of Charles Stuart Parnell, acclaimed biographer Francis Hackett (1883-1962) and his sister the novelist Florence Hackett (1884-1963)>, an elegant classically-composed substantial range built as the Hibernian Bank to designs prepared by William Henry Byrne (1866-1917) forms an attractive focal point in the streetscape of Patrick Street, Kilkenny.

 
 
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Located in close proximity to the similarly detailed Allied Irish Bank and Left Bank (former Bank of Ireland building) the resulting assemblage makes a pleasing impression in the townscape. Finely-carved limestone dressings exhibiting high quality stone masonry contribute significantly to the architectural design value of the composition while decorative mosaic work, early timber joinery, some refined plasterwork details and so on all introduce the artistic design significance of the site.

Having been successfully adapted to an alternative use without adversely affecting the external expression of the composition the bank presents an early aspect, thereby maintaining the integrity of an historic setting.


 
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