Many of the prosperous citizens of Cork lived in houses overlooking the Lee in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Among these fashionable areas was Queen's Place which was a terrace of houses in the Queen Anne style near Clarke's Bridge. When the merchants and the gentry of Cork began to take up residence in the suburbs of Blackrock and Montenotte their houses in the city centre became tenements housing the working classes of the Middle Parish. With the passage of the years these tenements fell into disrepair and were abandoned by their tenants. Such was the fate of Queen's Place. It was demolished by Cork Corporation in the 1970s having been uninhabited for some time. A car park adjacent to the Labour Exchange now occupies the site.
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