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.