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Historic Residence Restoration, Dublin.

Phoenix Park

The Superintendent's Lodge in the Phoenix Park (originally known as "The Bailiffs Lodge") was planned by Jacob Owen, Architect to the Board of Works in 1834 and was extended and completed by Decimus Burton in the cottage ornée style in 1839.
Burton was architect of many London buildings, including the Triumphal Arch at Hyde Park corner.

The accumulation of old grey paint on eve and fretted bargeboards had started to peel some years previously, exposing the original green colour, specified by Burton. It was decided to redecorate the exterior of the building and revert to the original colour scheme.



McConnells were consulted and asked to match the original colour with a quality decorative gloss paint over a suitable undercoat for the woodwork and the same colour in good quality exterior masonry paint for the house plinth and window reveals.

McConnells supplied a brushable oil modified polyurethane undercoat and Gloss finish based on their Fortacoat Q638 silicone alkyd system.
For the house plinth and window reveals McConnells supplied Fortaguard E408 long life exterior masonry paint to matching colour. The remaining wall surfaces were finished in an off-white Fortaguard E408 masonry paint as specified by Burton.


  • Fortacoat Q638 is a medium-oil, silicone modified, alkyd enamel paint
  • Fortacoat Q638 is breathable, resistant to the ingress of driven rain, lightfast and resists atmospheric pollutants
  • Fortacoat Q638 is a long life system giving up to 10 years life
  • Fortaguard E408 is a waterbased acrylic paint developed for exterior masonry in wet and exposed conditions
  • Environmentally friendly, this product is flexible and has a life of up to 10 years in Irish conditions
  • Only lightfast pigments are used in formulating Fortaguard E408 colours.
For further information on this project or products please contact us on 01-2822877.


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