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The Architectural Heritage of Malone and Stranmillis

The Architectural Heritage of Malone and Stranmillis

Paul Larmour

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The Malone and Stranmillis areas of Belfast retain majestic Victorian and Edwardian buildings and it is a delight to walk along these beautiful tree-lined streets. This book contains worthy photographs and records the details of special architectural merit.

The whole suburb of Stranmillis and Malone contains the greatest concentration of good architect-designed houses in Ulster. When we add to the many fine examples of domestic architecture over half-a dozen churches of special architectural interest, and consider also a few good educational and institutional buildings, it becomes clear that the architectural heritage of this whole area is very substantial despite some important losses.

The mature trees lining many of the parks and avenues, as well as the abundant hedges and trees in private gardens, make this area one of very high environmental quality. Some buildings are statutorily listed but that protection for a few is not enough to ensure that the area retains its special Victorian and Edwardian residential character. The wanton demolition of some of the larger houses, the felling of mature trees and the destruction of gardens and plantings to make way for large apartment blocks is the most obvious danger to this prestigious suburb.

The gradual erosion of the special character of the area is more insidious and will not be countered by the listing of a few good buildings. The so-called 'improvements' that are often made to properties actually spoil them and can gradually diminish the quality of the whole area.

The author argues that Malone and Stranmillis should be designated one large Conservation Area if it is to survive as anything special.

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Author Paul Larmour
Publisher Ulster Architechural Heritage
Publication date 12 Dec 1991
Format Paperback
ISBN/EAN 9780900457005

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