Built by the Society of Artists in Ireland, the City Assembly House was the first ever purpose-built public exhibition gallery in Britain or Ireland. It later served as the Assembly Rooms of Dublin Corporation and, for much of the 20th century, as a Civic Museum. The Irish Georgian Society and Dublin City Council have completed the first phase of restoring the building to its former glory, with works to date concentrating on the interiors.
The bright, octagonal exhibition room, with surfaces temporarily stripped back, will host Describing Architecture 2013, an exhibition curated by Antoin Doyle and Alice Clancy in association with the Architectural Association of Ireland, exploring architectural representation and the role it plays in creating and designing built space.
Last tour: 30 minutes prior to closing
First-come basis: Just turn up and look out for Open House Dublin volunteers.
Architect: Facade by Oliver Grace Building Date: 1765-1771 Location: 58 South William Street, Dublin 2
Dublin Bus Route(s): Northbound: 9, 16, 65, 65b, 68, 83, 83a, 122 to South Great George's Street Southbound: 9, 16, 68, 122 to South Great George's Street