Limerick’s architecture celebrated with Open House initiative

Shane O’Riordan

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Shane O’Riordan

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

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

From Friday October 19 to Sunday October 21 the inaugural Open House Limerick will allow people to visit buildings usually off limits to the public. Structures such as a 220 year old terraced house on Lower Hartstonge Street, a city centre terraced house extension from the 1840’s and modernised buildings on Wolfetone Street will be on display. Other buildings include contemporary structures in Mary Immaculate College such as An Tailteann, Sports Centre and Tara containing the new Lime Tree Theatre.On Sunday October 21, the University of Limerick will open up Plassey House and the newly built Quigley Residence for public viewing.

“You don’t need to be an expert to appreciate impressive architecture and it’s all around us. Limerick is delighted to be involved in such an interesting project and we definitely have a wide selection of wonderful buildings to choose from and explore,” said Seamus Hanrahan, Open House Limerick.

Other buildings involved include 1 and 2 John’s Square, The Georgian House, Pery Square and a number of properties in the county such as Station House in Patrickswell and Fanningstown Castle.

Gillian McCarthy, project coordinator, said: “This event has something for everyone, we have Junior Open House taking place in the Hunt Museum and Limerick City Gallery of Art, walking tours of the Irish Estates and a James Pain Architect tour. We also have an ‘Archi cycle’ for all the family from Lock Quay Mills to the Pavillion Restaurant at the University of Limerick on Sunday October 21. All events will be free and everyone is welcome.”

Open House Limerick is delivered in partnership with the Irish Architecture Foundation, The Architects Departments of Limerick City and County Councils and Limerick Arts Office and will feature over 30 buildings inviting visitors to explore the architecture of their city.

The Limerick Volunteer Centre will be assisting the event by training volunteers to help maintain the premises during the visits.

Salena Grace, Limerick Volunteer Centre, said: “We are excited about the innovative volunteering opportunities that Open House Limerick will bring and we are really looking forward to helping the people of Limerick explore the many treasures that are available to us in this city.”

The project has already been successfully received in New York, London and Dublin.