NICHOLAS STREET BETWEEN ST PATRICK’S CATHEDRAL AND CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL
Dublin is unique in that it has two Cathedrals and neither one of them is Roman Catholic.
The Nicholas Street Flats form part of the most significant renewal scheme undertaken in Dublin during the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. Developed for Dublin Corporation and designed by C. J. McCarthy, they provided good quality housing for hundreds of families. Often referred to as tenement blocks, this simply refers to their form, with several apartments accessed by one staircase. The blocks on Nicholas Street are relatively plain though they are enlivened by the curved gables and central breakfronts, motifs also seen in the facades of the nearby Iveagh Buildings. The variety in the window design and particularly the sill types provide architectural detail to the front facades.