Irish Architectural Archive - Open House Dublin 2024

Irish Architectural Archive

45 Merrion Square East, Dublin, D02 VY60

Dates & Times
  • Saturday 14th October:
  • 10 am – 4 pm (every hour)
Tour type
  • Building Tour
  • Exhibition

Take a tour of the largest terraced house on Merrion Square, learn about its history, see the latest exhibitions and discover the work of the Irish Architectural Archive.

No. 45 Merrion Square, the home of the Irish Architectural Archive, is one of the great Georgian houses of Dublin. Built for the speculative developer Gustavus Hume in the mid-1790s and situated directly across Merrion Square from Leinster House, this is the largest terraced house on the Square and is the centrepiece of its East Side. Founded in 1976, the house was restored to its original plan by the Office of Public Works in 2003-4, and update fro use as a best-practice archive facility.

Tours start on the hour and will operate on a first come basis, no need to book in advance.

Note: Also at this venue on Friday 13 October 1:15pm: I AM AN ARCHITECT Gender and Professional identity in Irish Architecture. Dr Dervla MacManus

Accessibility Information

The front door is reached by 3 stone steps from the pavement to a landing, and then 1 further step at the front door. Beyond the front door is a lobby with glass door boundaries. From here you can gain access by ringing the intercom bell marked IAA, which is reached at a height of c. 150cm.

If you are a wheelchair user, or find steps problematic, we recommend entering the Archive building from Stephen’s Place, which runs parallel to the rear of Merrion Square East, and is reached from Mount Street Upper or Lower. When you arrive at the IAA back gate, call the Archive at +353 1 663 3040 and the gate will be opened for you. You can enter the building directly from the car park through the back door.

Wheelchair accessible
Accessible Toilets
Assistance Dogs welcome

Photography Credit
© David Hayes




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