Sinclair’s Building

James Scott’s 1935 creation is an early example of modern architectural influences.

Diagonally opposite from JV Downes’ 1930s Bank of Ireland, on the junction of Royal Avenue and North Street, James Scott’s 1935 updating of his earlier Sinclair’s building  encapsulates modernist vision.

The stepped pyramidal gable, in cream glazed faience, topping five narrow strips of glazing, is in the art deco style more commonly associated with the ‘golden age’ of cinema building. The building has been subject to multiple occupancy, and undergone repeated conversion, but the upper storeys of the third façade are still distinctive.