Thursday Doors


There’s a flavour of New England with my Thursday Doors post this week – but from Ireland. This is the only shot I managed to get of an unusual group of houses, as we drove past on a bus tour of  Cork city. I have to say, I’m getting better at these ‘drive-by’ shots as this one is surprisingly clear.

The six houses, set in private grounds, have attics, half-basements, dormer windows, open porches and timber conservatories to the side. They were built by the Buckley family of Donoughmore in 1935 and are a wonderful example of the American Colonial Revival architecture of New England. The houses are not identical to ensure a degree of variety, but they blend together very well, forming a pleasant and architecturally interesting enclave.

A large amount of the building materials was imported from America such as, brass and bronze door fittings from New York and American oak and pine timber. The houses were fitted with modern conveniences such as hot and cold indoor plumbing, central heating and even en-suite bathrooms, which were pretty much unheard of in the city in 1935. It took several years before all six houses were sold, possibly due to the £4,000 price tag (about £313,000 in today’s money).

If you would like to see some more images of these lovely old houses follow this link; American Houses, Cork.

And for a selection of international Thursday Doors, have a look at Norm’s blog.


About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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34 Responses to Thursday Doors

  1. prior.. says:

    Hi J- and how cool to have such a new England flair there – I bet it was very edgy at the time and your drive by shot is clear. I took some drive by shots in PA earlier this month and only half came out. They were houses all along the scenic waterway and so nice.
    anyhow, happy thursday and good day to you

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  2. Well, now that is pretty interesting, Jean. Handsome houses, doors, and trim. I followed the link and looked at them all. I wish all my photos taken from the bus had come out that clear. 🙂

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  3. jesh stg says:

    Haha, you have been practicing at your drive-by shots! And with success! Am amazed at these American looking doors! Cork City must be well to do with international connections. You cannot imagine the costs of shipping overseas materials this big and heavy. I remember a lady telling hubby that her mantle was shipped from France.In that neighborhood it was not uncommon.

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  4. Norm 2.0 says:

    Very American/New England places indeed. I would have never guessed that these were in Ireland 🙂

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  5. Joanne Sisco says:

    What I thought was the most striking about this house was the painted drainpipes and eavestroughs. Is that typical thing in Ireland – or a New England thing? The dark green against the brick looks amazing.

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    • I didn’t think green was a popular colour for drainpipes but I was in Dublin city today and saw one from the bus. The reason it caught my eye was because of the post I did about those New England style houses in Cork. Maybe I just never noticed before, but I agree with you, Joanne, the dark green is lovely against the redbrick.

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  6. jan says:

    Very interesting – I had no idea. Definitely colonial style but probably you wouldn’t find kelly green downspouts in Boston.

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  7. Vicky says:

    Those two little half windows at the top are interesting too with the elegant balcony door.

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  8. Dan Antion says:

    That house does look familiar Jean. It’ good to know that something from here made the journe back there. Connecticut was a huge producer of brass hardware for many years.

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  9. How cool that our Americana house style made it there! I love all those paned windows, and doors. Yes, indeed your drive by shooting is excellent! 🙂

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  10. joey says:

    Impressive drive-by shot! I too, love that green trim and cannot say I see much of that, here. Maybe on some trendy hipster type business. It is really striking, with all that white trim as well. Lovely find 🙂

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  11. jorgekafkazar says:

    I’d never have thought it likely. Have you any idea what caused this interest in American-style architecture so far from the US?

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    • Apparently, one of the Buckley family members came back from America and thought that style of house might be popular so decided to build six of them. It might have taken a few years to sell them but they must have recouped their money, at least. I would imagine they decided not to risk building an more if sales were that slow. I haven’t come across any similar house in the city, built in the same era. Lots of modern ones have been constructed, though, especially in the boom time in Ireland.


  12. Quite a good shot from a moving vehicle. If you live in the Chicago area, a drive-by has a very different, dangerous connotation, unfortunately.


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  13. pattimoed says:

    Who would have thought it possible? New England in Ireland! I love the cross-cultural influence here.

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  14. Ali Isaac says:

    You certainly are getting good at this, Jean! Imagine importing all that stuff from US back in the day, just to build a handful of houses… wonder why they went to so much trouble and expense…

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