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Rathmines Library

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Rathmines Library

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Saturday 13 October

One of more than 60 public libraries in Ireland funded by Scottish philanthropist Andrew Carnegie, the Rathmines branch opened in 1913 along with the adjoining Technical Institute. The ornamented facade positions the building as a civic landmark, with two-storey columns framing the entrance bay. The bright interior retains a number of original features, including a stained glass window by William Morris. In 2011, the library reopened following extensive refurbishment and restoration by Dublin City Council. This redbrick Carnegie Library has been a landmark building in Rathmines for over a century. A fine example of Neo-Georgian architecture, it still has many of its original features, including a beautiful double staircase. The building was restored and made accessible to all in 2011, and now contains a fine glass atrium with wonderful views of the Rathmines Road.

Places on this tour will be distributed using a lottery, which has now closed. Please note tours of this building will only run at 11am and 3:30pm on Saturday 13 October Wheelchair accessible.

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Building Date: 1913

Booking Lottery

Places on this tour will be distributed using a lottery, which has now closed. Winners will be notified of their tour details ahead of the Open House Dublin weekend. Most of the Open House Dublin tours are operated on a First Come, First Served basis. So if you missed out on this lottery, make sure to check out the rest of the programme!

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Open House Dublin is presented by the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF): a non-profit arts organisation that communicates the value of architecture.

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Members enjoy perks which include: beating the OHD queues, private tours, partner discounts; and limited-edition IAF publications and prints. Architects can also claim structured CPD at all IAF events.