Environment Minister Mark H Durkan has moved to protect an early Victorian cottage in Downpatrick from demolition.
The Minister has put a Building Preservation Notice on Lake House, 7 Woodgrange Road, which temporarily protects it as a listed building for six months while further research is carried out.
Lake House was remodelled in the 1890’s and situated in a mpicturesque location overlooking Ballyduggan Lake, south of Downpatrick.
The building was previously used as a residence of an Archdeacon of Downpatrick Cathedral.
Mr Durkan said: "Too often in the past we have seen our historic buildings crumble before our eyes. In planning for our future we shouldn’t ignore what has shaped us. Our built heritage provides a very real connection to our past and we should protect its best features for future generations. In turn we will also be providing a significant boost to our tourism industry.
“I have stepped in to protect this fine building for six months. This will give my Department time to carry out detailed research and also consult to determine if Lake House should be permanently listed as an historic building. What I am about is creating a better environment and a stronger economy. Today’s action will help that.”
Building Preservation Notice’s were introduced in 2003 to protect historic buildings which are in danger of demolition or major alteration for a period of up to six months as a listed building.