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Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation

Photo: Courtesy of the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation

Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation

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Saturday 13 October, 11.00am – 5.00pm

Designed as part of an architectural competition in 1935 the building is the first Department headquarters built by the new State and was for decades the only bespoke Government headquarters in the State. The building is an example of classical Art Deco with base reliefs and carvings by Gabriel Ha, who was also responsible for the carving of the Three Graces on the College of Catering, Cathal Brugha Street as well as the decimal 1/2p, 1p and 2p coins. The building has been continuously used and currently houses the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation and the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. Tours will include the main public areas of the building.

First-come basis: Just turn up and look out for Open House Dublin volunteers. Photography is restricted on this tour. Wheelchair accessible.

Designed by: J.R. Boyd Barrett
Building Date: 1942
Location: Kildare St, Dublin 2

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