Old Terminal Building

Photo: Dublin Airport Authority

Old Terminal Building

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Saturday 13 October
Sunday 14 October

The Office of Public Works began design on an airport terminal for Collinstown, Co. Dublin, in 1936. The design team was led by Desmond FitzGerald, a recent graduate, and the terminal is considered to be Ireland’s most important pre-war International Style building. With an arc-shaped plan, the landward approach was solid, with a glazed double-height entrance in the centre and a series of small windows along the wings. On the other side, expansive views to the runways were provided by a much higher ratio of glazing. An icon of the golden age of air travel.

Reserve your place via lottery: details below.Please note tours of this building will run at 10.30am, 12.00pm & 2.15pm on Saturday 13 October & Sunday 14 October Wheelchair accessible.

Designed by: Desmond FitzGerald
Building Date: 1937-40

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Places on this tour will be distributed using a lottery system. Register your details for a chance to win two places on this tour over the Open House Dublin weekend, and remember the majority of our Open House Dublin buildings are open access. Good luck!

A small number of places on all lottery tours will be specially reserved for IAF members. Learn more about becoming a member here.

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