Try to find the spot where the photographer was standing.
The statue above the portico is holding up a set of scales - so a court house ?
Could it be a courthouse? I thought it was Crumlin Rd Courthouse in Belfast.
[https://www.flickr.com/photos/gregcarey] Completed in 1850, per your article.
I wonder! Only the portico and railings are similiar to Crumlin Road Court House.---as it looks today.
It *is* Crumlin Road courthouse. A shadow of its former self.
I can't find a map of the Belfast trams to see if there was ever a tramline here.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected] The pillar at the corner of the railings is identical. The corbelling is the same. I pass the place often enough.
It looks different today because the wings either side of the portico were rebuilt 1905-1907.
This map shows tramlines on the Crumlin Road in 1937. The discussions below say that the first tramlines in 1872 included Clifton Street nearby.
Take a peek inside - youtu.be/EYgb70U0Nkw
Edit - and Droneview - youtu.be/Fkh-Q4B4Luo
Brilliant stuff. The drone video that https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia links certainly gives a dramatic view of the changes in the 150 years since the stereo pair was captured - though it seems like the most impactful degredation occured in quite recent years. Have updated the description/etc to try to summarise.