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The Abbey

The Abbey - This large two story mansion was designed by well known architect Sir Charles Lanyon for Belfast MP Richard Davidson in 1850. Eventually Charles bought the house himself and lived his last days with his family here before passing away in 1889.

At the time Tuberculosis was rife in Belfast and it was decided that the area needed a dedicated unit to treat the killer disease. The Abbey was purchased by the Belfast Union for use as a sanatorium. A two story hospital block and 4 additional pavilions were added and in 1907 it opened its doors.

The house was used as an admin block but now lies empty and boarded.

Other famous buildings designed by Sir Charles Lanyon some of which I've photographed are:

Palm House, Botanic Gardens

Queens University, Belfast

Crumlin Road Gaol & Courthouse, Belfast

Linenhall Library, Belfast

Castle Leslie, Monaghan

𝗠𝘆 𝗻𝗲𝘄 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝗔𝗯𝗮𝗻𝗱𝗼𝗻𝗲𝗱 𝗜𝗿𝗲𝗹𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗶𝘀 𝗻𝗼𝘄 𝗮𝘃𝗮𝗶𝗹𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲 𝗳𝗿𝗼𝗺 𝗔𝗺𝗮𝘇𝗼𝗻 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗮𝗹𝗹 𝗴𝗼𝗼𝗱 𝗯𝗼𝗼𝗸 𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗿𝗲𝘀 🏬


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