Monday, 16 May 2016
Ardress House in County Armagh was built about 1680 as a plain, two-storey farmhouse, one room deep.
Between then and ca 1810 the house was extended and evolved in four stages into a substantial gentleman's country house.
The façade of the garden front, which faces south, shows three of the principal building stages: the dining-room wing to the left of about 1810; the drawing-room gable in the middle of ca 1780; and the original right-hand gable of ca 1680 with its elegant, curved wall screen added about 1810.
As can be seen from the black-and-white photograph, the façade was rather ugly in appearance before its remarkable transformation by the National Trust.
The various stages were quite obvious and discrete in appearance; the curved wall to the right was obscured by a lean-to glass-house.
Today the garden front has been completely transformed by a much-needed facelift.
Lime render and white paint gives it a uniform appearance.