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Belvedere House

Photo: Laura MacNaughton

Belvedere House

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Saturday 13 October, 11.00am – 5.00pm

The construction of what is now Belvedere College began under the 1st Earl of Belvedere, and was later finished and occupied by the 2nd Earl of Belvedere. Built to the designs of architect Robert West, it features the work of renowned stuccodore Michael Stapleton. After the 2nd Earl's death in 1814, the townhouse was left unoccupied and fell into disrepair. The house was eventually procured by the Society of Jesus Religious Order in 1841 and has since been occupied as part of their educational facility. James Joyce, Austin Clarke, Harry Clarke, Joseph Plunkett, Donagh MacDonagh and Kevin Barry are amongst some of the great past alumni who roamed the corridors and were educated here. RKD Architects were appointed in 2014 by Belvedere College to restore the 18th Century house and one of the most powerful features of the house today is the stucco work in the hall and first floor reception rooms.

First-come basis: Just turn up and look out for Open House Dublin volunteers. Wheelchair accessible. This tour is not suitable for children.

Designed by: Unknown
Building Date: 1786
Location: 6 Denmark St Great, Dublin 1

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