Balcony Repair, Ozanam House

Client: Society of St. Vincent De Paul

Ozanam House is the local office for the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul in the Mid-West Region of Ireland and the main centre for Limerick, operating administrative services and a drop-in centre.

Balcony Repair, Ozanam House

Ozanam House is described by The National Inventory of Architectural Heritage as a freestanding two-bay four-story over basement townhouse, built c. 1840. ACP carried out many structural and aesthetic repairs and improvements to the exterior and interior of the building. We are especially satisfied with our work in conserving the beautiful Adamesque balconies of Ozanam House, which had become rusted and eroded, spoiling their decorative effect to the front of building and posing a Health and Safety risk to both building staff and the general public.

Main Balcony

Attached to the front of the building via cantilever fixings embedded in the wall which had become loosened over time, the main balcony was causing structural strain to the building and posed a threat to public Health and Safety. The balcony was removed in several pieces and brought to Linstead’s Forge (Fethard, Co. Tipperary). There, the metal was stripped down and missing pieces were identified and replacement pieces forged. Linstead’s performed these works according to traditional methods. The restored balcony was then repainted and brought back to the site to be mounted into the wall.

Balconettes

These pretty balconettes had become loose from the wall and the wrought iron was in need of restoration. One balconette to the rear of the building was badly damaged, so Linstead's used the other balconettes as a template to recreate the missing pieces from the damaged balconette. Eight balconettes in total were restored to proper condition.

Window Bars

The Third Storey windows had rusted wrought iron window bars across them. These were stripped, repaired and replaced.

Grant aid was provided by Limerick City Council.