- NIAH Ref: 20865010
- Date: 1845 - 1855
- Rating: Regional
- Orig. Use: Hospital/Infirmary
- Townland: Lee Road
- County: Cork City
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Criteria for Risk
- Vacant with no identified new use
- Suffering from neglect and/or poor maintenance
- Fire damaged
- Condition of Structure: Very Poor
- Level of Risk: High
The building is suffering from major conservation problems. Most of the external fabric remains, but there are obvious signs of deterioration such as slipped slates, vegetation growth, broken windows and vandalism. There is no immediate danger of collapse but condition is such that unless urgent remedial works are carried out the building will sharply deteriorate.
Designed by William Atkins, the random coursed stone, multi gabled elevation creates an impressive architectural massing. Formerly the Eglington Asylum, it is one of the largest 19th century institutional buildings in the country. It is prominently sited on ridge overlooking the Lee Valley to the west of city. Following vacation of hospital use, permission was granted for a conversion of the existing building to a new residential development. Only half of the existing building has been converted to apartments with the remainder left abandoned. Significant fire damage has occurred to the unfinished section in 2010. This building urgently requires new uses to be identified to prevent further deterioration of its character.
Photograph Credit: Alison Killilea (flickr.com)