Kenilworth Square Continued


83 Kenilworth Square: €2 million: Built in the 1860s as the home of Frederick Stokes, chairman of Rathmines Township Board, 83 Kenilworth Square has some truly magnificent plasterwork and period detail, influenced in design and detail by Mr Stokes.

Douglas Newman Good is expecting around €2 million at auction on May 27th for this 288 sq m (3,100 sq ft) house, a classic two-storey over garden redbrick which has been well-maintained over the years. Brickwork has been re-pointed, sash windows have original working shutters and marble fireplaces are still in situ.

Unlike most on the square, number 83 has a flight of granite steps to an imposing pillared porch and the original side-facing front door. This makes room for an arched window facing the front which floods the entrance hall with light.

Decorative ceiling work here, as in all the main rooms, is deep and intricate, highlighted in white against coral walls.

To the left are two fine interconnecting reception rooms, spacious and airy, with a deep front bay window, matching marble fireplaces and delicate centre roses which are particularly fine. A frieze tops the folding doors separating the drawingroom from the formal diningroom. Across the hall is a study looking out on the pillared porch and the square.

The only disappointing room in this house, and something a new owner is likely to change, is the present kitchen, a small though efficient room with Shaker-style units at the end of the hall. A utility room is next door. A pretty lemon and blue bathroom is off the return landing. The next level has two very large double bedrooms, one good-sized twin room and one single bedroom, with a full en suite bathroom off the front room.

The garden level is currently arranged as a comfortable three-bedroom apartment, although this could easily be subsumed into the main house. The gardens are manageable, manicured and mature, with a garage and access to Bushes Lane to the rear.