Wig/Tuck: A Research Project

Wig/Tuck: A Research Project on Historic Pointing Techniques and Façade Finishes in Dublin.

This is a study of the historic techniques used for pointing brickwork in Dublin. The aim of the study is to promote an evidence-based approach to façade renewal and the repair of brick buildings in Dublin. The report makes preliminary conclusions and recommendations based on evidence from academic research and fieldwork. The findings will be a practical resource for anyone planning, designing or assessing brick façade repair or renewal in Dublin. The research work underpinning the document is from historical research combined with the examination and recording of over 70 building façades. The building periods of particular interest that have been examined are 1714-1830 (Georgian) and the subsequent Victorian/ Edwardian period from 1830-1914. A final version of this report will replace this draft in due course. Dublin contains many buildings which - though not protected - have architectural or historic merit. The retention, rehabilitation and reuse of these plays a pivotal role in the development of our city.

Guide to the Sustainable eR-use of buildings

Henrietta Street Conservation Plan

Henrietta Street is one of the more important architectural and urban areas of the country. This plan establishes a long-term strategy for the conservation, rehabilitation and regeneration of the street.

Conservation of St. Luke’s Church in the Coombe

St. Luke’s Church was built between 1715 and 1716 and is now a protected structure.

The history of monuments in the O'Connell Street Area

This report traces the history of nine monuments in the O’Connell Street area. It identifies their national significance and concludes with a summary of their current condition.


This was a study of the range of historic techniques used for pointing brickwork (filling the joints between bricks with mortar) and other façade finishes found in Dublin City. This research and fieldwork study aimed to challenge the dominance of the English Tuck method of pointing in conservation practice in Dublin and provide an evidence base to support the City Council in its conservation planning role and in providing advice on façade renewal and the repair of brick buildings in Dublin