Buildings to open their doors to the public for inaugural Open House event

Wed, Oct 3, 2012, 01:00

Limerick’s rich architectural history will be celebrated later this month when some of the city’s most unexplored buildings open their doors to the public.

Following the success of a similar project in Dublin, the inaugural Open House Limerick will give people an opportunity to visit buildings usually off limits to the public, such as a 220-year-old terraced house on Lower Hartstonge Street, and an 1840s city-centre terraced house on Wolfetone Street that has been renovated and modernised.

Contemporary structures at Mary Immaculate College including the new Lime Tree Theatre will also be open for public viewing, along with Plassey House and the newly built Quigley residence on the University of Limerick campus.

The event will run from October 19th to 21st and will feature more than 30 building visits and architectural walks that will all be free to the public.

Other buildings involved include the Georgian House on Pery Square and properties in Co Limerick such as the Station House in Patrickswell, Fanningstown Castle, Adare, and Ballinvirick House, Askeaton.

The event, which already takes place in London, Dublin and Galway, has been organised by the Irish Architecture Foundation, the architects’ departments of Limerick City and County Councils and Limerick Arts Office.