Photo: Paul Tierney Photography
14 Henrietta Street
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Sunday 14 October, 12.00pm – 5.00pm
Dating from the 1720s, Henrietta Street in Dublin's North inner city is the most intact collection of early to mid-18th Century houses in Ireland. Built as a townhouse for the elite of Dublin, 14 Henrietta Street was split into tenements in the 1880s as the need for working class housing in Dublin grew, with some 100 people living there by 1911. It remained a tenement house until the last families left in the last 1970s. It’s been a 10-year project for Dublin City Council to rescue, stabilise, conserve and adapt 14 Henrietta Street. The house is the primary artefact of a new museum - the walls, floors, banisters, old gas pipes, fireplaces, and fragments of linoleum and wallpaper have many stories to tell. Shaffrey Architects planned and created new spaces to discretely integrate essential services and fire protection, using wireless technology to minimise loss of finishes and fabric. The tours will showcase the reception, selected rooms, basement and garden area to see the connections between the old and new. This year's winner for the RIAI Award for Conservation / Restoration and Awarded The Special Jury Award.
First-come basis: Just turn up and look out for Open House Dublin volunteers. As the building dates from the late 1740s with minimal intervention in the structure, some spaces are small and the steps of the original back stairs are uneven and steep. It's advised that you wear comfortable shoes, and dress in layers, as parts of the house can be cold. Wheelchair accessible.
Designed by: Shaffrey Architects
Building Date: 1740s
Location: 14 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1