Brick-built with stone dressings and a slate roof, it has a Venetian window, panelled rooms and an Adamesque
Prall's neoclassical design was Adamesque
in style, with pastel colors and fresco paintings combined into a uniform scheme.
Arthur Davies, the distinguished interior designer often used by Cunard, spun a pot pourri of public spaces which included a Carolean smoking room, Palladian lounge, Louis XVI restaurant, Adamesque
drawing room, Jacobean grill room and an indoor pool with Egyptian replicas from the British Museum.
Public rooms were detailed in a Louis XIV style, the Palm Room was Adamesque
, and the private dining rooms were Jacobean.
When the 1770s staircase (attributed during the Conservation Plan research to John Carr [1723-1807]) (38) began 'leaning' into the landing, workers in 1936 were instructed to carefully dismantle the gallery including plaster enrichments which were to be reused if possible; plasterwork divisions and Adamesque
centre ceiling, frieze and cornice evidently were only cleaned and painted; these new discoveries suggest that the entrance hall retained more of its eighteenth-century decor than just the iron and mahogany balustrade staircase, with acanthus theme, than had earlier been thought.
George Richardson's A Book of Ceilings, the first plates of which were completed in 1776, is an oft-quoted and fertile source for Adamesque
designs in Ireland, and Lucey identifies Stapleton's recognisable borrowings.
Constructed in 1920 by Edgar and Arch Selwyn, the theater was designed in the Adamesque
style by architects de Rosa and Periera featuring a limestone facade and open colonnade.
The craftsmanship of the Adamesque
panelling and Rococo plasterwork are still in place, fused in with the Edwardian mod cons of big handbasins in bedroom alcoves.
The dining room is simpler, decorated in Adamesque
style with a moulded plaster frieze, dado rail and a .
His choice of old oak in the hall and the almost Adamesque
furnishings of the public rooms may have been intended to complement this history, although the house was actually rebuilt around 1734 and the public rooms are Regency of around 1820.
Being brought up at the toy-fort-like Glin Castle on the River Shannon in south-west Ireland, I greatly appreciated its delicate Adamesque
interiors but even then at an early age realised that it had very little good furniture.