Chadwick’s Builders Centre on Thomas Street has just completed a restoration project on the iconic arch into the yard. The arch has been repaired and refurbished by Chadwick’s as part of an ongoing programme to renovate the street front of this well-known business.
The works were undertaken by ACOL Ltd, a restoration services company best known for their recent work on the facade of the Shelbourne Hotel. The project was funded by Chadwick’s and supported by Dublin City Council’s Shopfront Improvement Scheme for the Liberties and the Built Heritage Investment Scheme.
The arch was originally built in 1881 for Kelly’s Timber, a well-known timber merchant on the street until the mid-twentieth century. It had been degrading for a number of years now but post restoration, it stands as a unique statement piece for Thomas Street.
The project involved the repair of Roman stucco cement. The decorative plaster work had suffered severe weathering over the years and the lack of flashing at the top of the arch meant that water was seeping into the main structure which caused further damage.
The restoration also uncovered older lettering on the arch, pointing to its history: ‘City Saw Mills’ and ‘Timber and Slate Stores’’. This is now visible for all to see.
The project on Chadwick’s arch is one of a number of refurbishment projects taking place on Thomas Street at present.
Image credit: The Liberties Dublin