Page started 14/11/2020

I’ve started this page primarily to keep some of the worst examples of modern architecture away from the other pages and thereby make for a more enjoyable browse. Be warned this page is not for the faint hearted!

Conway Hotel, Dunmurray, Belfast

An advertising card presumably published by the hotel.

Conway House was a modest Victorian villa dating from the 1850s which ended up massively redeveloped and operated as a Trusthouse Forte hotel. No sympathetic architecture here!

New Savoy Hotel, Bangor, Co.Down

The Savoy Hotel was built in 1932 for Mr J. Gaston of Northern Ireland Tours and was extended and refaced in 1933 by architect John McBride Neill. It boasted 130 bedrooms, hot and cold running water in each room, electric light throughout, lounges, dining rooms with separate tables and a renowned ballroom with a sprung floor. The building was converted into 56 self-contained independent living apartments for older people in 1990.

Published by Valentines.

The Ardree Hotel, Waterford

One of the worst examples of hospital/institution architecture in the country and accentuated by its prominent position on a hillside overlooking Waterford city. Opened in the 1960s the hotel eventually fell on hard times in 2005 and closed following a fire. It has been a derelict eyesore ever since.

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Card published by John Hinde Ltd –  probably in the mid 1970s judging by the car.