Thursday 19 April 2018

Old lady of the Green set for a facelift

Edel O'Connell

A SPECIALIST restoration company, ACOL, has been called in to save the crumbling facade of one of the country's most prestigious hotels.

An extensive survey of the exterior of the Shelbourne Hotel -- where the Irish Constitution was drafted -- will take place this weekend.

The Shelbourne, on Dublin's Stephen's Green, underwent a multi-million euro refurbishment five years ago.

It has long provided a watering hole for the country's political class in the Horseshoe Bar but holes of a different kind have started to appear in the hotel's exterior as section of the plaster work began crumbling, exposing the brickwork beneath.

The cream paint-work on the 188-year-old listed building has also begun flaking.

Last night, a spokeswoman for the Shelbourne said it was too early to say what kind of work would be required -- or how much it might cost -- as the survey had only begun.

"We are very proud of this old lady of the Green and we are doing everything to make sure she is maintained," she said.

Irish Independent

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