Georgian Dublin, Dublin
Notice how this house is five windows wide! It would have been very prestigious indeed. There was a clear social hierarchy based upon how many "bays" your house possessed. Pity those whose Georgian townhouse was only two windows wide.
Dublin is notable for its extensive and very well-preserved Georgian neighborhoods. The Georgian townhouse created both a urban way of life, and an influential vocabulary of architectural features. In this view, notice how the relative modesty of the exterior facades conceals the relative extravagance of the luxury that is found within. See how the windows on each floor are of a different height, revealing the function and prestige of the activities found within. The ground floor windows are tall, but the highest windows are found one floor up, which is where the "reception rooms" would be located.
OK, OK, it was not built as a shopping centre, but built as a town house and office for Lord Powerscourt, the 3rd Viscount (1730-1788). It was designed by Robert Mack from granite mined from the Powerscourt estate in Co. Wicklow. This cost him the grand sum of £80,000.
You would be pushed to buy a dog kennel for that in Dublin nowadays.
The building was designed around a central couryard, and this has been converted to a fine atrium space in recent years, allowing access on several levels to the speciality shops.
The architecture is still regared as one of the finest examples of this type of style, and is apparantly still studed by students of architecture.
The main entrance still retains some of the fitting and style of an impressive townhouse.
Walk around in the Georgian part of Dublin. You will find lovely houses and lovely streets full of colourful doors, the typical street lights and houses you wouldn't mind living in here.
You can start your walk at Pearse Street Dart Station for example. Make sure you don't miss the following streets and squares: St. Stephen's Green, Merrion Square, Kildare Street and Fitzwilliam Street. My favourite street however is the little poor lane off Fitzwilliam Street (turn right when standing next to the "Peppercanister Church"). It's where the maids working for the rich families used to live.
Make sure to stop for a tea in Shelbourne Hotel (As soon as it opens again, it's closed for modernisation at the moment (Jan 07)) and/or a pint in O'Donoghues pub on the way.
A walking guide is available here:
If you go to Venice, the touristy thing to do is the Gondola trip, in Paris it's a trip on a Baton rouge, but in Dublin it must be a carriage ride.
Horse-drawn carriages will take up to four passengers, and although payment is by negotiation it is unlikely that you will get any change out of 50 Euro for a half-hour trot around Georgian Dublin.
The carriages can be found on St Stephen's green at the top of Grafton street. They will also offer longer tours (for more money of course).
It might be a bit on the the 'Touristy side', but what the hell, you only live once.
You migt also note the water trough where the horses and carriages lie waiting. It seems a great shame to me that it is no longer in use.
Dublin had an important period in eighteenth century named the Georgian Period when architecture and decoration were splendid giving to the city the elegant and charming character which retains today. The streets, thoroughfares, squares and terraces, the beautiful public buildings and the individual and elaborated design of the house and details charm to the visitor.
Around Merrion Square, in the Georgian part of Dublin, you can find lots of those beautiful doors. Most houses are now used as office space. One of the houses, called number 29, is opened as a museum. You can visit this house to see how a Dublin middle-class family in the beginning of the 19th century lived.
This part of Dublin is very special and very beautiful. It´s a historical sight as well. Broad streets and these Georgian Houses are making it really interesting. Just walk around and have a look at all the different Dublin Doors......
In many areas of Dublin you can find Georgian houses with doors of different colours (yellow, blue, red, etc). Postcards show this as a typical image of Dublin.
Dublin is plenty of Georgian Doors, making the streets even more colorful and atractive.
You can see blue doors, red doors, yellow doors, and so on.