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City Assembly House

Photo: Gillian Buckley

City Assembly House

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Saturday 13 October, 11.00am – 5.00pm
Sunday 14 October, 12.00pm – 5.00pm

At the time of its construction, the City Assembly House on Dublin’s South William Street constituted a tremendously advanced initiative as it stood as the first purpose built public art gallery in either Britain and Ireland and possibly in Europe! It was built by the Society of Artists in Ireland between 1766 and 1771 with the expressed aim of promoting the work of Irish artists and providing an academy for the arts. Its architect is unknown though the street elevation could be by Oliver Grace who exhibited 'an elevation, proposed as a front to the Exhibition Room' with the Society of Artists in 1768. The City Assembly House has recently been restored as a gallery space by the Irish Georgian Society. Tours will include the Knight of Glin Exhibition Room and O'Connell Room.

First-come basis: Just turn up and look out for Open House Dublin volunteers. Wheelchair accessible.

Designed by: Unknown
Building Date: 1771
Location: 58 South William St, Dublin 2

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Open House Dublin is presented by the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF): a non-profit arts organisation that communicates the value of architecture.

The IAF presents Open House Dublin each year as just one part of a rich and unique offering. Our year-round programme includes exhibitions, talks, film screenings, symposia, competitions, publications, school and community workshops. You can help to secure our future by becoming an IAF member, or simply by donating directly.

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Members enjoy perks which include: beating the OHD queues, private tours, partner discounts; and limited-edition IAF publications and prints. Architects can also claim structured CPD at all IAF events.