The deterioration of a local protected structure has been highlighted by the Irish Georgian Society as a priority for immediate conservation.
The gate house at Belline Estate in Piltown is the subject of an article in the society’s spring newsletter, which makes a dramatic call for the historic building to be saved.
A Kilkenny County Council representative declined to comment on the matter, saying that it is subject to legal proceedings.
“The project perhaps most immediate to the Society is Belline Estate in Piltown, Kilkenny,” the article reads. “A grand 18th-century establishment, it has a unique gate lodge built to the philosophy of renowned architect William Chambers.”
Pointing to the lodge’s Doric columns formed from tree trunks, carved sandstone bases, twisted rope echinuses and a timber entablature, the article goes on to say that “this unusual temple represents the great thinkers of the 18th century who speculated that the forms of Classical architecture were derived from the elements constructed in timber by primitive societies. As the only known lodge of this type in these islands, Belline’s rescue is of supreme importance.”
The society recommends that an immediate conservation plan be implemented. “This heritage building’s fate remains undecided. Belline’s historic importance underlines the ongoing need for the IGS to champion and encourage its preservation.”