147. www.Marksoftime.comCastle Place, Belfast. The location of the medieval castle, later enhanced by Sir Arthur Chichester in the Seventeenth Century and surrounded by a large garden, was in the plot now occupied by the buildings on the left side of this drawing.
The former Bank of Ireland at the end of Royal Avenue in Belfast is a fine example of a building in the Art Deco style. Constructed in good quality Portland Stone its tall white piers contrast well with the dark green windows giving a restless vertical effect.
Clifton House Belfast. Opened 1774 as the poor house for the city this elegant building retains its rational charm.
The Ulster Museum is one of my favourite buildings in Belfast. A serene Greek façade with Egyptian references, it gained a radical concrete extension, completed in 1971, following an architectural competition. This is in concrete yet complements the existing building. Inside, go to the top floor and follow the spiral route through a wide range of galleries to the ground floor.
A modern icon of Belfast is the Waterfront Hall. Finished in 1997 its elegant elevation to the river is currently being obscured by a new extension.
City Hall another iconic image of the city, is a highly decorative classical building built in the Edwardian Period and is reflective of the prosperity of the city at that time.
Further up the road to Belfast. This view from the city centre over the roofs of surviving historic works sheds gives a strong impression of the industrial character of Queen’s Island, location of the Harland and Wolff Shipyard and its cranes, iconic of the yard and of the city- Sampson (1969) and Goliath (1974).
Marks of Time
Sketches of buildings in the North West of Ireland and further afield with a little information about their history.