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The Chester Beatty

Photo: Chester Beatty Library (c) Trustees

The Chester Beatty

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Sunday 14 October

The Chester Beatty is housed in the eighteenth-century Clock Tower Building in the grounds of Dublin Castle, to which an extension was added in the 1990s. The Clock Tower appeared on Roque's map of Dublin, published in 1756, with nearly the same U-shaped plan as exists today. Although there are no records to identify the architect, the Irish Architectural Archive is almost certain that the building was redesigned by Ireland's most important early 19th Century architect, Francis Johnston. It was then used as the Ordnance Office for the Royal Engineers and later by the Revenue Commissioners. The building fell into disuse in the 1970s and had become dilapidated before restoration works began in the early 1990s. The extension to the Clock Tower Building was designed to house the museum Collections. A glazed concourse area acts as a lightweight link between the restored 19th Century Clock Tower Building and the exhibition spaces. The tour will include the galleries and all staff areas - normally closed to the general public, including the Reference Library, the Board Room, the Clock Tower spiral stair case.

Places on this tour will be distributed using a lottery, which has now closed. Please note this hour long tour will run only twice on Sunday the 14 October at both 12pm and 1.30pm This tour is not suitable for children.

Designed by: Francis Johnston (19th century re-design)
Building Date: 1750-ies

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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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.