Architect James Paine is associated with St. Peter's Church, a general level of respect for his additions to the building and those of previous designers is recognised as a catalyst to academic and sensitive approach to repair and maintenance of the fabric. All maintenance of built material is a gesture of respect towards those that have both designed and executed the work. Each layered intervention from the past is recognised for its own value as representing past societies. New additions allow a building to become useful as an element of city fabric. The facilitated reading of each intervention creates a definite visual record of the chronology of history. (Photographer: Kevin Dwyer).
St. Peter's Church represents an example of a building within a living tradition that has maintained the authenticity of its layered interventions while constantly evolving into new use. Its primary function and architectural presence within the city as a public building has not changed. The centre seeks to promote a non-destructive approach to building maintenance, conversion and urban repair that learns from the past and welcomes the invention of the future. (Photographer: Kevin Dwyer).
Many structures within the city are already antiquities of great interest yet must be allowed to adapt within a vibrant living culture. Our wish for economic growth may only be considered as of long term interest if we are improving the financial value of the city and considering its social structure, environment and cultural progression holistically. St. Peter's represents only a small part of Cork's treasury of buildings. The project of adaptation to a new public use demonstrates how the acceptance of a guiding set of principles, prior to beginning work may inform and liberate repair and intervention without diminishing the antique authenticity of the city.