Castle Buildings, High Street, Belfast, built in 1905.

Castle Buildings were purpose built for silk mercers and milliners C. McCullagh and Co in 1904-05.[1]

Built by Blackwood and Jury, they are Belfast’s finest example of Art Noveau.[2]

The buildings feature a façade of ‘carraraware’ faience tiles, an irregular skyline, Dutch gable and a drum, harking back to the former castle that occupied this site. [3] T

his building was not liked when it appeared.[4]

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[1] Marcus Patton, Central Belfast, An Historical Gazetteer (Belfast: Ulster Architectural Heritage Society), p.56.

[2] Marcus Patton, Central Belfast, An Historical Gazetteer (Belfast: Ulster Architectural Heritage Society), p.56.

[3] Marcus Patton, Central Belfast, An Historical Gazetteer (Belfast: Ulster Architectural Heritage Society), p.56.

[4] C.E.B. Brett, Buildings of Belfast, 1700-1914 Revised Edition  (London: Weidenfeld and Nicolson, 1985), p.72.