Ulster Bank Head Office

The 1860 Waring Street building is an Italianate interpretation of classical themes.

In a competition to design the Waring Street head offices of the Ulster Bank the architect William Barre was defeated by Glasgow architect James Hamilton. Completed in 1860, the offices are an Italianate interpretation of classical themes. The ground floor boasts Doric columns and the first floor Corinthian, with the well proportioned sobriety of the façade counterpointed at street level with ornate ironwork and stone carvings by Thomas Fitzpatrick.

Fitzpatrick’s roof line wine jars and frieze of cherubs and arabesques, hint at the ornate interior of stucco, mosaics and stained glass that is now unfortunately obscured by contemporary business furnishings. CEB Brett refers to the Waring Street building as a 'splendid florescence of Victorian voluptuousness'.

Further Reading
Buildings of Belfast 1700-1914 (1985) by CEB Brett.

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