The Casino Marino is Ireland’s miniature 18th century architectural masterpiece cared for by the Office of Public Works (OPW). The Casino (meaning small house) surprises visitors as they discover the secrets of this remarkable gem. The highly decorated and compact exterior cleverly disguises an interior of intimate rooms displaying intricately ornate Georgian motifs. Richly patterned marquetry floors and beautifully executed plasterwork act as an historical backdrop to the Casino’s past. Designed in 1759 as a pleasure house for the 1st earl of Charlemont by Sir William Chambers, they created a unique and intriguing garden temple from which to overlook the magnificent panorama of Dublin Bay.
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Open House Dublin is presented by the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF): a non-profit arts organisation dedicated to the promotion of architecture as culture. Open House Dublin is just one part of a dynamic programme of activity through which we encourage people to engage with their built environment, to encourage new ways of thinking about architecture.
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