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Re: Mystery House

Postby Strum » Thu May 14, 2015 6:22 pm

There you go if that helps Sinead. Now it looks like the first Terrace behind Sandycove beach.


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Re: Mystery House

Postby Strum » Thu May 14, 2015 8:05 pm

I checked that today. Yes same building. I still doubt that the MH is there though. Curious where the photo was taken from. Its way way higher than the roofs across the Street. :?:



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Re: Mystery House

Postby Gerald » Thu May 14, 2015 9:32 pm

Strum wrote:There you go if that helps Sinead. Now it looks like the first Terrace behind Sandycove beach.


That's what I thought when I first saw it. It looks very similar to a number of places without being any of them. A lot of windows on the unpainted one. Where's the front door?
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Re: Mystery House

Postby Sinead » Thu May 14, 2015 9:43 pm

Next time you go through Monkstown on the bus look at
the house beside the Church on the Crescent. This
house looks similar to it.
I would think the Corrig Avenue photo was taken from
the roof of a house on George's Street or maybe from
a plane.

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Re: Mystery House

Postby Strum » Thu May 14, 2015 9:56 pm

Sinead wrote:Next time you go through Monkstown on the bus look at the house beside the Church on the Crescent. This
house looks similar to it.
I would think the Corrig Avenue photo was taken from the roof of a house on George's Street or maybe from a plane.


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Next time you go through Monkstown on the bus look at the house beside the Church on the Crescent. This
house looks similar to it.



On yer bike Mike! :D


would think the Corrig Avenue photo was taken from the roof of a house on George's Street or maybe from a plane.




Curious one that. 1933, a bi-plane? It's from much higher than the roofs anyway I think.
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Re: Mystery House

Postby Gerald » Thu May 14, 2015 9:59 pm

Sinead wrote:Next time you go through Monkstown on the bus look at
the house beside the Church on the Crescent. This
house looks similar to it.


Sinéad



Or use google maps and save the fare. Those houses are similar too and have the lower front wall too but it's not them either.
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Re: Mystery House

Postby Strum » Thu May 14, 2015 10:35 pm

Gerald wrote:That's what I thought when I first saw it.



Me too Ger. My first thought was Albert Road or that area. Close enough to Sandycove, but I still think the Corrig Ave location is NO WAY! :D

Sinead what was the building on the corner do you know? It looks like an official type building? The one with the walls. It doesn't look like a real growing garden if you know what I mean, and there's no back door, there's a little entrance beside the building. :?:
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Re: Mystery House

Postby Micheál » Fri May 15, 2015 12:33 am

I have to say I'm impressed with IanDC's Corrig Avenue proposition.

The 'arial' house roofline and allignment is consistent and answers one of my linkering questions - wheres the chimney.
Also the shape of the garden wall and its distance from road seems credible.
Unfortunately, we dont have much to go on in terms of clarity of the facade. This would have left us in no doubt.

But I have two lingering issues . . .
Could the right hand house in the "mystery" photo sustain steps as high (relative to the road) as they seem to be in the 'arial' one?
Is the sun pattern on present day Corrig avenue consistent (at any time of the day) with the 'mystery' photo which shows a shadow pattern from directly overhead sun.

But Im not saying no. Its really quite compelling.

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Re: Mystery House

Postby Strum » Fri May 15, 2015 12:40 am

Michael, have you ever considered seeing an Analyst? :lol:

Kidding, it's late, I'll try to decipher that later. :D
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Re: Mystery House

Postby Jemser » Fri May 15, 2015 9:31 am

Strum wrote:Sinead what was the building on the corner do you know? It looks like an official type building? The one with the walls. It doesn't look like a real growing garden if you know what I mean, and there's no back door, there's a little entrance beside the building. :?:


Strum, I know this question was for Sinead, however I remember that house on the corner from my young days as I passed it on the way to school. It was occupied by the YMCA (although I never came across the Village People :lol:)and if you look closely at the photo you can make out the letters on the building. I remember them as large yellow letters and would have been there into the mid to late 60s. The garden was never much to look at, just two unloved lawns one each side of a central pathway. Sinead I'm sure will be able to fill you in on the seed, breed and generation of it's management and occupants with her encyclopaedic knowledge of the town.
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Re: Mystery House

Postby Toss » Fri May 15, 2015 10:54 am

Just looking at the original photo again and if you look at the reflection in the window, you can see that there is obviously a building opposite and one that is quite tall if take into account the angle of the photograph. The other thing is the sky line over the yellow house shows what could be the apex of an extension roof .... some of this could already have been noted, I'm just to lazy to check back ;-)
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Re: Mystery House

Postby skins » Fri May 15, 2015 12:37 pm

I see on Google where a chap named Eamonn Gunn wrote an article entitled "Corrig Avenue - The Street Where We Live", in the Boro Historical Magazine in 1996. Anyone got a copy, or know the guy in question?
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Re: Mystery House

Postby Snowhite » Fri May 15, 2015 12:59 pm

Sinead wrote:I have always believed the 'mystery house' to be in either The
Crescent, Monkstown or down beyond Montpelier.
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Re: Mystery House

Postby Sinead » Fri May 15, 2015 2:01 pm

You can just see the hall door of the Mystery House in line
with the gate.

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Re: Mystery House

Postby Micheál » Fri May 15, 2015 5:15 pm

Toss wrote:Just looking at the original photo again and if you look at the reflection in the window, you can see that there is obviously a building opposite and one that is quite tall if take into account the angle of the photograph . . . .


Brilliant observation Toss !
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Re: Mystery House

Postby Micheál » Fri May 15, 2015 5:17 pm

skins wrote:I see on Google where a chap named Eamonn Gunn wrote an article entitled "Corrig Avenue - The Street Where We Live", in the Boro Historical Magazine in 1996. Anyone got a copy, or know the guy in question?


I think Eamonn Gunn is also a member of DLGenSoc. Gulliver?
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Re: Mystery House

Postby Micheál » Fri May 15, 2015 5:18 pm

Snowhite wrote:
Sinead wrote:I have always believed the 'mystery house' to be in either The
Crescent, Monkstown or down beyond Montpelier.
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I thought that right from day 1, Sinead


Been there - and recall most of the original buildings are still standing - but alas.
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Re: Mystery House

Postby Micheál » Fri May 15, 2015 5:27 pm

Corrig Avenue 1918 (Thoms)

I too remember the YMCA letters on the building. See last house in list.

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Re: Mystery House

Postby Micheál » Fri May 15, 2015 5:40 pm

So might we be looking at the former Kingstown Mission Rooms at 38 Corrig Avenue?

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Re: Mystery House

Postby Rocker » Fri May 15, 2015 6:09 pm

Great find Micheál.

The whole tone of that report is so "jolly hockey sticks" and churchy and uplifting. I wonder what the poor children thought of the tea and barm brack?
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Re: Mystery House

Postby IanDC » Fri May 15, 2015 8:33 pm

Are the Kingstown Mission Rooms at No 38 the same building that the Stamp Auction was in? Looking at the aerial photo again I think that not only were the buildings on the corner and the mission rooms knocked down, but also the first couple of blocks of taller houses further up the hill. Whether this turns out to be a mystery house or not, it's still turning up some interesting posts!
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Re: Mystery House

Postby Rocker » Fri May 15, 2015 9:12 pm

Hello Ian,

Every thread on this site turns p very interesting posts. We go off at tangents but, oftentime we hit the jackpot. Someone will crack it!!

We have enjoyed the search. Thank you for the challenge!!!
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Re: Mystery House

Postby Strum » Fri May 15, 2015 9:22 pm

IanDC wrote: it's still turning up some interesting posts!



Certainly Ian. It eliminated some possibilities at least, and some good history along the way. ;)
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Re: Mystery House

Postby IanDC » Wed May 27, 2015 10:48 pm

We seem to have hit a brick wall again. Sadly not the wall of the mystery house! I'd still like to see a photo of the buildings that were on George's Street / Corrig avenue before redevelopment. There must be photos somewhere. It was (probably) the early 60s and it was a major development in DL, so someone must have taken some pics. My dad was always taking pictures of things that were about to get knocked down! Anyone have any ideas? The archives of the local paper?
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Re: Mystery House

Postby Gerald » Thu May 28, 2015 12:36 am

Maybe the historian in the library could help.
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