DERELICT BUILDINGS – BREWERS HOUSE CORNER ST LUKES AVENUE AND ARDEE STREET
Note many street names in the area have changed over the years. For example Brabazon Street was originally known as Cuckold’s Road and Ardee Street was originally named Crooked Staff.
There is a lot of derelict land and vacant buildings along Cork Street awaiting redevelopment. Part of this building is on St. Luke’s Terrace which is an extension of Cork Street [many people call it Cork Street so I suspect that it was originally part of Cork Street]
As you can see there is not much left of the corner section of Brewer’s House or the buildings [what remains of Watkins one of Irelands’s breweries] to its rear. For a number of years the corner was protected by a plastic covering. I cannot determine if the corner section was part of No.10, and extension or a separate building.
One of the most notable houses surviving in the Liberties, 10 Ardee Street was constructed in the early-nineteenth century to house the brewer and offices of Watkins’ Brewery. The house was located at one of the main entrances to the brewery which occupied the block bounded by Ardee Street to the west, Brabazon Row to the east, Newmarket to the south and Cork Street to the north. The exterior retains an attractive columnar doorcase complete with respondent pilasters, sidelights and fanlight. It has been conserved and retains internal features including an elliptical staircase, plasterwork and joinery detailing dating from the 1820s and 1830s. In the mid-nineteenth century the complex was valued at £400. The name of the firm Watkins, Jameson & Pim is recorded on a brass name plaque on the timber gates to the carriage arch beside the entrance. The house is of historical importance as it was defended by Eamonn Ceannt during the Easter Rising.