Blackhall Place

Photo: Susan Kennedy

Blackhall Place

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Saturday 13 October, 11.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday 14 October, 12.00pm – 5.00pm

The last of Dublin’s Palladian public buildings, the granite and portland stone Blue Coat School replaced earlier premises, which had been established by King Charles II in 1671 to care for the sons of impoverished citizens. Construction began in 1773 to designs by Thomas Ivory, however issues with funding led to a reduced building programme and Mr. Ivory’s departure. In 1894, a copper-clad cupola, designed by Robert Stirling was added. Today, the building is home to the Law Society of Ireland who have taken great care to retain many fine interior features. Tours will include the Presidents Hall, Council Chamber, ground floor area and grounds.

First-come basis: Just turn up and look out for Open House Dublin volunteers. Wheelchair accessible.

Designed by: James Ivory
Building Date: 1773
Location: The Law Society of Ireland, Dublin 7

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