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Pilliar Room, Rotunda Hospital

Cavendish Row

Parnell Square East

Dublin 1

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Parnell Square and Rotunda Hospital Conference 2018
Evaluating the Historic Urban Landscape


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Dublin Civic Trust is pleased to announce details of its winter 2018 conference focusing on the history, development and future potential of Parnell Square and the Rotunda Hospital complex. The event takes place in the magnificent 18th-century setting of the little-known Pillar Room of the Rotunda Hospital, located beneath The Gate Theatre.

Sited at the northern end of O’Connell Street, Parnell Square is Dublin’s first Georgian square, developed c.1755-1795 as a series of residential terraces enclosing the grounds of the Rotunda Hospital. The square has its origins in the establishment, in 1749, of the New Pleasure Gardens, the fundraising enterprise of the Rotunda Hospital’s founder Dr Bartholomew Mosse, who attracted aristocratic patronage through annual subscriptions and concert events. The maternity hospital opened in 1757, built to the design of leading architect Richard Castle. This was followed by the construction of the great Rotunda entertaining room in the 1760s and the establishment of the New Assembly Rooms designed by Frederick Trench and Richard Johnston in the 1780s: the latter now forming part of The Gate Theatre.

The mansions surrounding the square contain some of the best examples of 18th-century interiors and decorative plasterwork in the city, complemented by modern cultural institutions including the Dublin City Gallery - The Hugh Lane. Within this historic setting, the Rotunda Hospital continues to operate its original function as a leading provider of maternity services, with various plans afoot to expand facilities or move to an alternative site in the longer term.


Conference Proceedings

The aim of the conference is to highlight the history and development of the square and its houses, the hospital buildings, its entertaining rooms and associated landscape. These elements in their surviving form compose an 18th-century urban complex of international significance, comprising rare early examples of a purpose-built maternity hospital, associated public rooms and remains of a unique designed landscape. Unlike other lost pleasure gardens in Europe, the built setting and relationship of this landscape to its original Georgian environment remains remarkably intact, presenting a unique opportunity for future, dynamic reinvention.

An array of national and international expert speakers will explore themes of architectural history, historic landscape design, comparative international examples of regeneration, and planned projects for the rejuvenation of Parnell Square and its buildings. The conference will also feature participation from the Rotunda Hospital.

Conference includes lunch and light refreshments.



CONFERENCE PROGRAMME

08.50 - 09.20 Registration

09.20
Welcome & Introduction
Geraldine Walsh, Chief Executive Officer, Dublin Civic Trust

09.30
Opening Address
Paschal Donohoe T.D., Minister for Finance and Public Expenditure and Reform

Session I: Setting The Context
Chaired by Niall Ó'Donnchú, Assistant Secretary, Dept. Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht

09:45
Dublin's North Georgian Core – Its Assets & Potential
James Kelly, Conservation Architect & Chairman, Dublin Civic Trust

10:10
Obstetrics, Spectacle and Pleasure: the Origins of the Rotunda Hospital
Gary A. Boyd, Head of Architecture, Queen’s University Belfast

10.35
The Rotunda – Past, Present & Future
Sam Coulter-Smith, Former Master of the Rotunda Hospital, 2009-2016

10.55
Discussion

11.10 Tea/Coffee Break

11.35
The Mansions of Rutland Square
Christine Casey, Professor in Architectural History, Trinity College Dublin

12.00
The Rotunda Complex – Hidden In Plain View
Graham Hickey, Conservation Director, Dublin Civic Trust

12.25
Garden of Remembrance: a symbolic place in 1960s Parnell Square
Ellen Rowley, Architectural & Cultural Historian

12:50
11 Parnell Square – Poetry Ireland & Irish Landmark Trust
Niall McCullough, McCullough Mulvin Architects

13:10
Discussion

13.20 Lunch

Session II: Looking to the Future
Chaired by Paraic Fallon, Senior Planner, Dublin City Council

14.20
The Future of Parnell Square – Dublin City Library & Cultural Quarter
Yvonne Farrell, Director, Grafton Architects

14.50
Reinventing the Pleasure Garden for the 21st Century
Todd Longstaffe-Gowan, Landscape Historian & Designer

15.20
Reviving the Edinburgh Assembly Rooms & The Piece Hall, Halifax
Emma Rose Berry, Associate, LDN Architects, Scotland

15.50
Opportunities for Sustainable Residential Communities in the Historic City
Orla Hegarty, Architect & Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, UCD

16:20
Debate & Discussion
Chaired by Paraic Fallon, Senior Planner, Dublin City Council

16:40 Close

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Cavendish Row

Parnell Square East

Dublin 1

Ireland

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