18 Ormond Quay Upper - Open House Dublin 2023
Building Tour

18 Ormond Quay Upper

Tour Dates & Times
  • Friday 14 October:
  • 10am – 11am |
  • 12pm – 1pm |
  • 2pm – 3pm |
  • 4pm – 5pm
Booked Out
Side by side images displaying the before (derelict) and after (renovated) 4 storey building Traditional Irish Wallpaper and wooden chair on the foreground Drawing Room with two windows and chandelier

Take a guided tour of 18 Ormond Quay Upper, an 1840s merchant house and shop recently saved and restored over a three-year period by Dublin Civic Trust .

The project involved many traditional conservation techniques and materials, including Irish brick ‘wigging’, architectural joinery repair, lime plastering and decorative finishes. The second phase of the project is now ongoing, involving the façade repair of an older 1750s building to the rear, on Arran Street East. This has involved conservation of the Georgian brickwork, previously coated in cement pebbledash, and complex restoration of the 1840s Roman cement shopfront.

The upper floor interiors offer sweeping views of the River Liffey and are decorated in handmade Irish wallpapers typical of mid-19th century, with traditional mahogany furniture.

The quality of the project, and its demonstrative value, secured the Europa Nostra Award/European Heritage Award 2021, where the judges noted: “Meticulous research was carried out with significant efforts made to ensure a conservation-restoration that was consistent with the original values of the building and to conserve as much of the remaining details as possible.”

Accessibility Information

Only the ground floor is wheelchair accessible with assisted management of one entrance step.

The tour involves stairs only to all the upper floors. Visitors are welcome to rest on chairs provided in most rooms.

Photography Credit
© Graham Hickey




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