A strange and somehow familiar building - is Sligo Townhall

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Where: 4-16 Quay St, Sligo, Ireland

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When: 01 January 1875

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This very fine Stereo Pairs image of a familiar building shows it in great detail and clarity in a way that we will probably never see it again? I love the windows in particular and the imposing majesty of the building. The first time I ever saw it back in the 1950's I thought it was a palace!

With thanks in particular today to sharon.corbet, beachcomberaustralia, Niall McAuley, and Nl042 we have additional detail on this building - which is Sligo Townhall. As it was opened in c.1872, and as we cannot see the nearby gatehouse which was built c.1876, the date range for this image (in a manner not always possible for STP images) has been refined to just a few years in the mid-1870s....


Photographers: Frederick Holland Mares, James Simonton

Contributor: John Fortune Lawrence

Collection: Stereo Pairs Photograph Collection

Date: Catalogue range c.1860-1883. But likely c.1872-1876

NLI Ref: STP_2411

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    sharon.corbet

    • 10/Nov/2016 09:05:31

    Streetview (There's a photosphere inside too). NIAH article DIA which mentions (among others) that "WH wins competition (advertised Jun-Jul 1864) with design in 'modern Italian style'. FS laid 12 Oct 1865. Contractors: Crowe Bros, Gt Brunswick St (£6,863) Clerk of works: James Caldwell. Completion delayed until 1870s. First meeting of Corporation held in unfinished building, Jul 1872."

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 10/Nov/2016 10:00:05

    SNAP! From Mr French, 24 minutes earlier and the open windows are similar - catalogue.nli.ie/Record/vtls000338771

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Nov/2016 10:13:08

    Aaah! A noticeboard with posters on it, just too far off to read! I think it may be a poster for an AUCTION.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 10/Nov/2016 10:20:34

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] "ELECTIONS" it says (via the SNAP above) [Not more elections ... *groans* ... Trumped again!]

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Nov/2016 10:25:15

    We do not see this Gate Lodge at right, built 1876, so 1872-76 somewhere? This 1878 shop is also absent.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 10/Nov/2016 10:41:58

    Interesting Red Herring - "... [John] Count McCormack recalled that his first public appearance as a singer was when he was a boy in Sligo College, aged 15 [1899?]. He sang in the Sligo Town Hall at concerts two nights in succession, and he received for both five shillings. ... " From trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/104365303?searchTerm=%... - second last para.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Nov/2016 11:06:13

    I have a vague memory of discussing Member of the Free State Army guarding Sligo Town Hall here for some reason, but I don't know when or in relation to what picture. Maybe that one is not Sligo at all?

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    sharon.corbet

    • 10/Nov/2016 11:42:29

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] It's the Courthouse instead: [https://www.flickr.com/photos/nlireland/8356474401/in/photolist-fbb7MH-dJr7GR-c13ND7-eZrTLC-edh1ML-b7KYFR-rPRBqf-Dxgaaf-a8GZbq-rYzNgx-HhUGnb-HfFqWe-HXqCLe-GuYusA-Hh682y-HqwXKR-HfFrb2-F8AGWi-Fh19Pk-DLWW4L]

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 10/Nov/2016 13:33:51

    Thanks [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] for the quick identification! And [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] for the significant refinement on the date range - narrower than we sometimes get with the STP collection. (Personally, I thought the statue we now see outside would help with dating - but apparently it wasn't moved to that location until 100 years later). The interior views that Sharon links show the list of officials who may have been in office when this image was captured. (Although possibly not quite in THE office - if the time on the clock is accurate at 6am or 6pm...)

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Nov/2016 14:15:31

    If that sign really says ELECTION, one possibility is the Westminster general election of January/February 1874. Previous was 1868, following was 1880, outside the possible range. But it could have been some more local election. There was a new mayor every year during this period.

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    nl042

    • 10/Nov/2016 14:46:21

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gnmcauley] I don't think it's likely to be for a winter general election, since both 05.59 and 17.59 would have been pretty dark in winter and from the lighting and absence of shadows, this was cleary taken on a bright, probably overcast day. There might have been some cloud structure in the sky that would have been revealed by a more modern emulsion that was less oversensitive to blue, but the absence of shadows suggests diffuse lighting to me. Unfortunately, searching weather reports for a day with bright overcast won't help to tie down the date much in Sligo. ;-)

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    Niall McAuley

    • 10/Nov/2016 16:04:09

    [https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]] I agree - and don't worry about the sky, they generally "photoshopped" the sky out of all pics.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 10/Nov/2016 21:26:14

    Hmm - second thoughts after a good night's sleep - the notices read "AUCTION" not "ELECTION". Which would be no help with dating. And I think it must be afternoon 17:59 as the main facade faces WSW - the photo is looking north, and the photographer was up on the first floor of some building - possibly the "Chiropractic & Wellness Centre" !! See streetview

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    daniel_munch

    • 11/Nov/2016 11:25:40

    fantastic .

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    A. P. L.

    • 11/Nov/2016 12:54:04

    Very similar to the Town Hall in Dun Laoghaire, one wonders whether they may have been designed by the same person?

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    marinela 2008

    • 11/Nov/2016 19:32:40

    Congrats on Explore !

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/Nov/2016 12:07:32

    if I read Sharon's DIA links correctly, the architect of this one entered the competition for Dun Laoghaire, but did not win

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    Niall McAuley

    • 12/Nov/2016 12:10:12

    William Hague did this, and John Loftus Robinson did Dun Laoghaire

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    U.Paul

    • 24/Nov/2016 14:00:21

    very nice building