THE GARFIELD BAR BUILDING ON LOWER GARFIELD STREET AND NORTH STREET IN BELFAST

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THE GARFIELD BAR BUILDING ON LOWER GARFIELD STREET AND NORTH STREET

THE GARFIELD BAR BUILDING ON LOWER GARFIELD STREET AND NORTH STREET IN BELFAST [HAS BEEN DESCRIBED AS A TEN YEAR PLUS DECAYING EYESORE]


Despite the fact that I overheard a tourist guide claiming that the Garfield Bar Building was named after Garfield the comic character created by Jim Davis the reality is that the street dates from 1896 and was named after US president James Garfield who was assassinated in 1881.

Every time I am in Belfast I visited North Street and Garfield Street and in general I have booked a room in a nearby hotel. This year I stayed at the Bullitt Hotel [more about that later].

The Garfield Bar Building has been in decline since the about beginning of the century but the last tenant moved out as late as 2014. As each month passed the unusual listed building, which gently curves along the line of the street, fell deeper into decay with vegetation sprouting from the rooftops. What interested me was that the street often hosted interesting street art and graffiti but those days are now gone because the area is now being redeveloped as are many other parts of the city.

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