Saturday 24 August 2019

Great Scott with spire views

Bishop Street €420k

The townhouse at Bishop Street in Tuam was built around 1912
The townhouse at Bishop Street in Tuam was built around 1912
The sunroom with patio doors

Anthony Scott and his son, also Anthony, were both architects, but anecdotal evidence suggests the similarity ended there.

Ethna Byrne Costigan, grand-daughter of Anthony Senior, wrote a memoir describing her grandfather as a pious, serious, reclusive sort of man who was forever correcting his grandchildren's grammar. By contrast her uncle, Anthony Junior, was "all movement and laughter" and always had bags of sweets in his pockets.

Father and son had an architectural practice together at Sackville Street in Dublin, founded in 1908. It's not possible to ascertain which of the two was responsible for designing an august townhouse at Bishop Street in Tuam around 1912, but it's easy to guess which might have been a bigger hit with the local children.

The house was commissioned for a local man named Dan Cummins and has changed hands only once. It remained with the Cummins family until 1994, when it was bought by its present owners.

The sunroom with patio doors
The sunroom with patio doors

As the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage remarks, "It has all its original features in very good order and is enhanced by the garden to the front."

It has a pleasant back garden too - surrounded by mature trees and with a patio and a raised lawn - with a nice view of the nearby Cathedral spire.

Inside it's 2,217 sq ft with four bedrooms on the first floor, all with fireplaces. The master bedroom is en-suite, with a split-level bathroom and dressing room. The main bathroom is on the return and has a free-standing bath, and there's a ground-floor shower room too.

Also on the ground floor are two formal reception rooms with marble fireplaces, a kitchen with an oil-fired Aga, and a sunroom with French doors to the patio.

It's for sale for €420,000 with DNG John Joyce (093) 25078.

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