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Restored Housing At McMaster Street Highlights 21st Century Comforts In 19th Century Style

Published on Mon, 14 May 2001
You don’t need to sacrifice 21st Century comfort to maintain 19th Century Victorian style.
That was the key message from Michael Coulter, of DOE’s Environment and Heritage Service (EHS), at the official opening by Lord Mayor Sammy Wilson of 22 and 42 McMaster Street in East Belfast.
The two houses have been restored by Hearth Housing Association to help maintain the Victorian feel of Belfast. McMaster Street, in its entirety, has been selected by EHS for preservation.
Speaking at the launch, which was attended by local school children, Mr Coulter said:
"Hearth is to be congratulated on this high quality restoration programme and showcase of good building practice. This type of project greatly assists in the preservation of Belfast’s very fine collection of Victorian terraces and will ensure that late nineteenth century working class housing at its best continues to be represented in the city."
Lord Mayor of Belfast, Cllr Sammy Wilson, who launched the project said:
"It is wonderful to see the traditional terraced housing that Belfast is so famous for being carefully restored. This type of housing symbolises Belfast’s role as one of the great Victorian cities and major industrial centres. The local community is quite rightly proud to live in such unique and historically important surroundings".
In addition, Karen Latimer, Chairman of Hearth Housing Association, commented:
"In restoring the two houses at numbers 22 and 42 McMaster Street, Hearth Housing Association hopes to provide two houses that incorporate the convenience and comfort of modern houses with some of the appearance and character that these houses once had. As this type of traditional house continues to be demolished, McMaster Street will be seen increasingly as representing the typical Belfast parlour houses that our ancestors were so familiar with."
It is hoped that these restorations will provide a model for neighbours to restore historic features to their own homes.
McMaster Street is regularly used for film and television work where a historic Belfast scene is required. Most recently it appeared in an episode of the ITV series ‘Cold Feet.’

Notes for Editors

  1. The official opening of 22 and 42 McMaster Street in their restored forms, by Lord Mayor Sammy Wilson, took place at 11am Friday 11 May.
  2. McMaster Street is located off the Newtownards Road in East Belfast
  3. In restoring 22 and 42 McMaster Street, Hearth Housing Association hopes to provide two houses that incorporate the convenience and comfort of modern houses with the appearance and character these houses once had. They will have double glazing-in timber sashes with curved heads; cast iron fireplaces-with the convenience of gas fires; central heating without flue pipes; modern kitchens and bathrooms-but with panelled doors and moulded architraves.
  4. For further information please contact Mr Marcus Patton, Director, Hearth Housing Association Tel: 028 9053 0121 Email: or Philip Maguire DOE Press Office Tel 028 9054 0013.
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