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3 Henrietta Street Visit – Conserving an 18th-century Georgian mansion

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D01 PW74 Dublin 1

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This half-day seminar will provide a unique and exciting opportunity to visit and to learn from the ongoing conservation and refurbishment of one of the grandest private houses in Dublin at Number 3 Henrietta Street. Constructed in the early 1750s as a fashionable town house on the pioneering Georgian street set out by developer Luke Gardiner, the site of the house was originally leased to developer Nathaniel Clements before being passed to John Maxwell, Baron Farnham, who may have built the house itself. Owen Wynn, an MP of Hazlewood, County Sligo, who had married Lord Farnham’s daughter in 1754, inherited the building in 1755, where it remained in family occupation until the 1820s.

The scale and quality of the mansion is outstanding in both national and international contexts. The principal reception rooms on ground and first floors are of a palatial scale, retaining embellished cornices, and lugged door architraves and window cases with egg-and-dart detailing. The first floor rear room is of exceptional quality with a coved Rococo ceiling. The second floor retains some original plaster and joinery features, while the third floor was extensively altered at various dates. The grand staircase and entrance hall that originally scaled two storeys was removed in the 1830s. Later uses included barristers’ chambers and tenement occupation.

The property was recently purchased by its present owners, who are currently undertaking a wholesale repair and conservation of the property, which was in a perilously poor condition, for residential use, to best practice standard.

Seminar Content

This interactive morning seminar will be led by the project architect, James Kelly, MRIAI, MRIBA, Specialist Conservation Architect, of Kelly & Cogan Architects. It will provide an opportunity to learn from ongoing works and to observe the structural and material make-up of a mid 18th-century Dublin town house, applicable to their repair of Georgian buildings across the city.

The day will comprise an instructive guided tour, a series of concise lectures, and ample opportunities for discussion, questions and answers. Contributors will include:

James Kelly, Conservation Architect

Ian Lumley, co-owner

Patrick Wigglesworth, co-owner and building contractor

Geraldine Walsh & Graham Hickey, Dublin Civic Trust

Themes & Topics

Architectural/stylistic analysis

Structural deficiencies and repair

High status plasterwork consolidation, repair and restoration, including cornices and ceilings

Decorative finishes

Brick repair and repointing, including traditional ‘wigging’

Historic joinery repair

Details

Registration takes place from 09.45 – 10.00.

Proceedings begin at 10.00 sharp and conclude at 13.00.

Places are strictly limited and by advance booking only.

Tea/coffee refreshments will be provided mid-morning. Lunch will not be provided as the seminar will conclude at 1pm. We highly recommend the independent Blas Café in the Chocolate Factory, located across the road from Henrietta Street on Kings Inns Street: www.blascafe.ie

Importance Notice

Please note that 3 Henrietta Street is an active building site. While every effort will be made to ensure a safe and comfortable visit, all attendees are advised to wear PPE clothing including steel-capped boots and high-visibility vests. PPE clothing will not be provided on-site.

Any attendees with mobility impairments should contact Dublin Civic Trust in advance of attendance. Please note that unfortunately wheelchair access cannot be provided.

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