Canted bay window
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Brick corbels
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Cast Iron Finial
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Red sandstone string course
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Wall head dormer
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Building Details

College Green House, like many Victorian buildings, combined both brick and stone in its construction. The bricks for the house probably came from one of the city’s brickworks. The sandstone was possibly brought in from Scrabo near Newtownards.

Unlike the terrace houses of McMaster Street, College Green House has a highly decorated exterior. It has carved stone panels in the dormers and above the doors, iron finials and a prominent bay window. Features such as these were a reflection of the wealth of the owner. Archibald McCollum was a rich merchant and could therefore afford elaborate decoration that would not have been available to the working classes.

Sustainability

During the Victorian period local brickworks were developed throughout Belfast to meet the need for more building materials for new housing. Using local materials is more sustainable than using foreign imported materials as they don’t have to be transported so far.