Two-storey classical style modern building - is Crumlin Road Courthouse in Belfast

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This splendid building can hardly be a Railway Station? We thought it must surely be a municipal building like a parliament, senate office or even art gallery...

... and with thanks to Niall McAuley, Greg Carey, and robinparkes who almost consecutively identifed this as Crumlin Road Courthouse in Belfast. O Mac notes that archtectural elements from our 19th century image differ from how it looks now. And unfortunately, per the drone flyby video that beachcomberaustralia shares, fires at the empty and undeveloped site have in recent decades have left the building a (literal) shell of its former self...


Photographers: Frederick Holland Mares, James Simonton

Contributor: John Fortune Lawrence

Collection: Stereo Pairs Photograph Collection

Date: c.1860-1883

NLI Ref: STP_0433

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 24/Mar/2016 09:24:52

    The statue above the portico is holding up a set of scales - so a court house ?

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    Niall McAuley

    • 24/Mar/2016 09:26:36

    Crumlin Road! Crumlin Road Courthouse

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    Gregory PC

    • 24/Mar/2016 09:30:41

    Could it be a courthouse? I thought it was Crumlin Rd Courthouse in Belfast. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crumlin_Road_Courthouse#/media/File...

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    Niall McAuley

    • 24/Mar/2016 09:36:11

    Streetview [https://www.flickr.com/photos/gregcarey] Completed in 1850, per your article.

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    O Mac

    • 24/Mar/2016 09:37:50

    I wonder! Only the portico and railings are similiar to Crumlin Road Court House.---as it looks today.

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    robinparkes

    • 24/Mar/2016 09:37:50

    It *is* Crumlin Road courthouse. A shadow of its former self.

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    Niall McAuley

    • 24/Mar/2016 09:45:14

    I can't find a map of the Belfast trams to see if there was ever a tramline here.

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    robinparkes

    • 24/Mar/2016 09:47:29

    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.

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    O Mac

    • 24/Mar/2016 09:56:01

    It looks different today because the wings either side of the portico were rebuilt 1905-1907. DIA

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    Niall McAuley

    • 24/Mar/2016 10:37:41

    This map shows tramlines on the Crumlin Road in 1937. The discussions below say that the first tramlines in 1872 included Clifton Street nearby.

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    BeachcomberAustralia

    • 24/Mar/2016 11:03:11

    Take a peek inside - youtu.be/EYgb70U0Nkw Edit - and Droneview - youtu.be/Fkh-Q4B4Luo

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    Niall McAuley

    • 24/Mar/2016 17:22:08

    https://www.flickr.com/photos/beachcomberaustralia Nice!

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    National Library of Ireland on The Commons

    • 24/Mar/2016 23:37:31

    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.