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Government Buildings — Southblock

Photo: Courtesy of Government Buildings

Government Buildings — Southblock

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Saturday 13 October, 11.00am – 5.00pm

The imposing complex of Government Buildings was originally intended as a home for the Royal College of Science, then housed at 51 St. Stephen's Green. It was the last significant building project undertaken by the British administration in Ireland. Designed by the famous London-based architect Sir Aston Webb, assisted by Irish Architect Thomas Manley Deane, the project began in 1904 and was completed in 1922, in time to be occupied by the new Irish Free State Government. Cabinet meetings have been held in the North block of the complex ever since. In 1989 the building was extensively renovated and refurbished to provide modern accommodation for the department of the Taoiseach, the Office of the Attorney General and the Department of Finance. Renovated and restored to its former glory in 2016 by the Office of Public Works, visitors will have a rare chance to see its magnificent original features on the ground and lower ground floors.

First-come basis: Just turn up and look out for Open House Dublin volunteers. Photography is allowed in designated areas only. Wheelchair accessible. Photography is not allowed on this tour.

Designed by: Sir Aston Webb
Building Date: 1922
Location: Merrion St Upper, Dublin 2

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