A walk through Georgian Dublin
Dublin’s rich architectural heritage.
Principally known as a “Georgian City” Dublin offers many building styles from medieval to modern.
Whilst Palladian style architecture holds pride of place there are also some fine examples of Victorian Gothic, Romanesque and even Brutalism to be seen.
As most of Ireland remained neutral in WW2, we escaped the heavy bombing inflicted on other cities. Thus a lot of our precious architecture remained intact.
The period of the reign of the four Georges (1714-1830) is the zenith of rich design and extravagance. Considered by many to be the second city of the British Empire, Dublin was home to wealthy patrons, renowned architects and craftsmen producing both superb public and private structures.
Learn of the “Piano Nobile” and their balconettes, the thinking behind the width of the Georgian doors and the strange bathing practices of that era.
Visit a Georgian town house to see rooms richly decorated and find out the meaning of ‘saving face’. Examine the ornate ceiling plasterwork completed by famous Stuccadores from home and abroad.
We will visit the elegant squares and public buildings, learn of the ‘Window Tax’ and the eventual decline of the ‘Fair City’.
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