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Richard Cassels


Richard Cassels (1690 – 1751), also known as Richard Castle, was an architect who ranks with Edward Lovett Pearce as one of the greatest architects working in Ireland in the 18th century. Cassels was born in 1690 in Kassel, Germany and originally trained as an engineer, came to Ireland in 1728 at the behest of Sir Gustavus Hume of County Fermanagh to design for Hume a mansion on the shores of Lough Erne. Cassels, soon after arrival in Ireland, established a thriving architectural practice in Dublin. Along with Hazelwood House, Cassels finest works included Russborough House, Summerhill House, Powerscourt House, Tyrone House, Leinster House, Rotunda Hospital, Waterstown House and Westport House

 
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palladium Style


The house was the first Palladian house in Ireland designed by Richard Cassels.It consists of a 5-bay by 3-bay main block in three storeys with 2-storey wings on either side connected to the main block by single-storey quadrants. A splendid and imposing example of the Palladian-style, the building is constructed of limestone ashlar with slate roofs.

In spite of abject neglect and inappropriate alteration, it is testimony to the quality of the building that it has survived relatively intact. An abundance of fine stonework attests to the high quality craftsmanship employed in its construction and pays tribute to those whose vision was responsible for its conception

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RESTORATION WORKS


This exquisite, but progressively brutalised house is one of County Sligo's most neglected treasures. It is a splendid and imposing example of the Palladian-style. In spite of abject neglect and inappropriate alteration, it is testimony to the quality of the building that it has survived relatively intact. When we purchased the house in 2014, there was extensive damage to the West Wing where the roof and floors underneath had collapsed and needed immediate preservation and restoration. We reinstated the wing to exact specifications in keeping with the history and architectural style of the house. The repair was completed in June 2018.

The House interior has been cleared of any large debris. The windows have been secured to prevent further weather damage. Temporary lighting has been installed inside and the front of the house is floodlit at night to improve security.

This restoration project is a massive undertaking but our vision is to finally bring Hazelwood House back to its former glory. Maybe, just maybe, Uisce Beatha, the water of life, will be its savior……

 
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