Iveagh Baths Front
Iveagh Baths

The project comprised the conservation of the glazed tiles to the rear of the building which are a very unusual feature in Dublin and the conservation of the front elevation of red brick and terracotta panels.  The front elevation had been severely damaged when the soft brick was previously cleaned incorrectly.  All of the original lime mortar had been previously removed incorrectly with a mechanical tool and pointed with cement. The bricks were spalling severely and the face of the brick had been removed by the acidic cleaning agent leaving it vulnerable to decay from acid rain and pollution. The panels of terracotta  and the terracotta cartouche of the water nymph  had been damaged and had been covered in a concrete  slurry and the colour  lacked lustre  and many of the features had been damaged.  The detailed cappings of Roman Cement forming the distinctive pitched detail at roof level  had been damaged due to the ingress of water and the corrosion of iron fixings.

After careful colour scrapings were taken the terracotta panels and cartouches have been restored and repaired to the correct earthen terracotta revealing the detail of the head of the water nymph.  The original round cast iron rain water collector discovered on the roof has been carefully restored and reinstated.  The colours of the rainwater downpipes and gutters have been restored to their original earthen colour that complemented the terracotta panels.  It is thought that the finish of the front porch may have resembled the Iveagh Hostel porch across the road. The interior walls of the Iveagh Hostel porch are decorated in pale yellow glazed tiles that have a raised art deco flower pattern on each tile.  There is a border of green tiles at the bottom of the wall. The original circular windows of the side elevations have been reinstated.