I liked the shopfront of what was the Moderne building at 89-90 Patrick’s Street.
I took photographs of each of the fascia panels last April when the building had been let and the scaffolding was going up. I did wonder if the fascia front would survive with a new tenant. I did hope that it would.
In September, too late to make an observation, I spotted a planning notice on the scaffolding at French Church Street. The planning sought to cover over the fascia with a new Superdry shopsign.
There still exists on Patrick’s Street signage for Burtons, Cash & Co, and Roches Stores. Somethings are worth keeping for their architectural heritage and their part in the history of the streetscape.
I would suggest that the fascia at 89-90 Patrick’s Street falls into the ‘worth keeping’ category.
Maybe planning permission has been granted for the metal frames and the painting of the fascia and Cork City Council has not yet updated their files online.
Maybe planning permission is not required for overpainting the decorative fascia.
Maybe this is the first part of a process to clean and shine the fascia.
Maybe the builder misunderstood the requirements of the drawings or used incorrect materials.
Maybe Superdry think it is easier to get forgiveness than permission and deliberately decided to black out some Cork heritage.
Or maybe something else.
Whatever is the truth, I will not purchase from the store and will be suggesting to as many as possible to do likewise.
3. Please note that planning permission is required for internal signage and vinyl signage proposed – you should arrange to submit revised notices to include mention of this aspect of the development.
4. Please note that the elevation to Academy Street has been altered from that permitted under T.P. 14/36240 – please arrange to submit revised details as to how it is intended to conform to the permitted development in this location.
5. Please submit full details of all vinyl and canvas proposed including size and typical images. Please note that proposals to fully cover up windows by advertising vinyl will not be supported.”
Cork City Council. Order 4048/15 – Request for Further Information
10 September 2015