Casino Marino

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Casino Marino

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Sunday 14 October, 12.00pm – 5.00pm

Casino Marino is Ireland's miniature 18th Century architectural masterpiece. It was designed in 1795 as a pleasure house for James Caulfield, 1st Earl of Charlement by Sir William Chambers, one of the finest architects of the time. Charlemont and Chambers created a unique and intriguing garden temple from which to overlook the magnificent panorama of Dublin Bay. Casino meaning 'small house', surprises visitors as they discover the remarkable secrets of this architectural gem. The lavishly decorated anelyd compact exterior cleverly disguises an interior of intimate rooms displaying intricately ornate Georgian motifs. Richly patterned marquetry floors and beautifully executed plasterwork act as an historical backdrop to the Casino's past. Cared for by the Office of Public Works, the Casino Marino is regarded internationally as a cameo of exquisite craftsmanship, continuing the legacy of Lord Charlemont's vision. Tours will include the four main rooms on the Piano Nobile or Ground floor and the exterior of the building.

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

Casino is accessed by a flight of stone steps

Children must be strictly supervised at all times

Steep drop at lions and parapets

Designed by: William Chambers
Building Date: 1759
Location: Cherrymount Crescent, Off Malahide Road, Dublin 3

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