THE doors to Limerick’s most historic buildings will open to the public this weekend - some for the first time as part of the second annual Open House Limerick.
The Dominican Biblical Institute on Lower Cecil Street, the UL Graduate Medical School, De Valera Cottage in Bruree and St. Mary’s Cathedral are amongst more than 30 buildings scheduled to be opened to the public for free from October 18-20.
The Quaker House at Punch’s Cross, the newly constructed Southill Older Persons Apartments and the Munster Council GAA Headquarters at Castletroy will also be opening to the public for the first time as part of the initiative, which is hosted by the Limerick OpenHouse Committee in partnership with the Irish Architecture Foundation.
Limerick is a member organisation of the Open House worldwide family which also includes London, New York, Helsinki, Melbourne, and Slovenia, as well as Dublin and Galway.
Open House was first established in London in 1992 as an initiative to show first-rate architecture to the general public.
Committee chairperson Margaret McEvoy described Open House Limerick as “an architectural festival” comprising tours of more than 30 buildings of all types and periods, lectures, walking and cycling tours and children’s activities. All buildings will be staffed by volunteers and tours will be guided by professional architects and historians. Many of the buildings are not normally open to the public, such as private residences and workplaces.
See Open House Limerick.