RESTORED BUILDING AT 18 ORMOND QUAY [EAST ARRAN STREET – ORMOND QUAY]
I had forgotten that I had a Voigtlander 15mm [I thought that I had a 21mm] lens so when I came across it today I decided to try it with my old Sony NEX-7 lens. When I was photographing this building a tramp came up to be and said “I did not know that you could still buy those old German Voigtlanders any more”.
I photographed this building in April 2014 when it was an art space, A Different Kettle Of Fish Altogether, used by artist Mannix Flynn. It was at one stage a gun shop [Watts Gun Shop].
Back in 2014 the building, especially on East Arran Street, was in poor condition.
During 2017-2021, Dublin Civic Trust has undertaken a wholesale refurbishment of the exterior of 18 Ormond Quay Upper, as well as initial refurbishment of the interiors which continues. The next phase involves the condolidation and conservation of the rear building at 67 Arran Street East.
18 Upper Ormond Quay and its rear attendant house at 67 East Arran Street comprise a pair of intact merchant premises of differing dates. The front house to the river, built in a conservative late Georgian idiom, dates to 1843, whilst the rear house comprises a much older building of c.1760-1770 date. Various sources cite No. 67 as the first home of Catherine McAuley, founder of the Sisters of Mercy.