14 Henrietta Street wins Best Conservation/Restoration Project and Best Overall Project at RIAI Irish Architecture Awards
Former tenement house will open for advance tours in July
The conservation of a former tenement house at 14 Henrietta Street in Dublin’s north inner city has been named Best Conservation/Restoration Project, and has won the Special RIAI Jury Award at the prestigious annual RIAI Irish Architecture Awards.
A home to Dublin’s social history, 14 Henrietta Street will officially open to the public in September. It tells the story of tenement life in Dublin, and its origins, through the life-cycle of what was once a home to the elite of the city. Visiting the house opens a door to nearly 300 years of the city’s life, from a grand townhouse of the 1750s to a tenement building from the 1880s to the 1970s, which, in 1911, was home to 100 people from 17 families.
The painstaking conservation work at the Dublin City Council-owned building was carried out over a 10-year period, spearheaded by Shaffrey Architects, who were named winners of the RIAI Irish Architecture Awards, with their client Dublin City Council. In awarding Best Conservation/Restoration Project, the RIAI 2018 Jury said: “Peeling back the layers of history, the restoration and refurbishment of 14 Henrietta Street is an architectural story book. Revealing the lives of those who have lived there through the years has resulted in an inspirational and engaging museum building. Carefully inserting contemporary necessities without resorting to the pastiche is both respectful and exciting. Skill, craft, innovative conservation, historical examination and complex decision making are all evident in upgrading for public use and exposing the tiers of change over the centuries. This is an exemplary project that is enabling the past to live anew and bringing the future to its doorstep.”
Bookings are now being taken for advance tours on Fridays and Saturdays in July and August, and then more regularly from 15th September onwards.
Awarding the Special Jury Award, the Jury said: “This is a gift to the city of Dublin, made possible by an inspiring client and a highly skilled team of architects and contractor. Architecture and exhibition design merge here in a very unique way, explaining the history of the building by restoring different parts of the building to different periods of its occupancy. Most impressive is the way the architect manages to bring the building up to contemporary technical and regulatory standards in an almost invisible way, making the experience of the building completely immersive. Outstanding.”
Commenting on the double win, assistant chief executive of Dublin City Council, Richard Shakespeare said: “When Dublin City Council undertook to save and renovate 14 Henrietta Street more than a decade ago it was in a derelict state. I congratulate our heritage, architecture and conservation teams and Shaffrey Architects for their sympathetic treatment of this building, ensuring that both it and this important streetscape have been retained, and that the story of 14 Henrietta Street is told in such an engaging manner.”
Heritage officer with Dublin City Council, Charles Duggan has overseen work to the house since 2007. He said: “The acknowledgement of this unique project by the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland is a testament to the foresight and courage of Dublin City Council for commencing work on the house in 2008 and persevering through the depths of the recession. The award honours the professionalism and tireless dedication of Shaffrey Architects, with whom the City Council worked closely for ten years to bring this house back to life. The award gives recognition to the hard work and skill of Gem Construction and their team of craftsmen. Furthermore, the award underscores the importance of the research-led approach to design and conservation that we adopted from the outset and most importantly it celebrates the valued support of the house's community of former residents, who shared with us their memories and insights, enriching our understanding of this deeply special place."
Architect Gráinne Shaffrey of Shaffrey Architects said: “This unique project is primarily about telling the story of a remarkable building in a remarkable street which has much wider resonance and meaning. We have been involved in the architectural recovery of 14 Henrietta Street since 2005 and so to have been awarded in such a manner by our peers brings us great joy. The awards also acknowledge the significant collaborative endeavour this has been, with Dublin City Council a supportive and ambitious client, with our design team colleagues, the contractors and craftspeople through all stages, the researchers, curators, poets and oral history team and, above all, the generosity of former residents and community who wholeheartedly engaged with this project.”
While 14 Henrietta Street will officially open in September 2018, advance tours are available on Fridays and Saturdays in July and August, with an opportunity for the visitors to feed back their memories, stories and reflections. Tickets (€9 adult / €6 concession) for the 90-minute tour should be booked in advance at www.14henriettastreet.ie.
RIAI Awards Summer Party
Shaffrey Associates are very pleased to have won both Best Conservation/ Restoration Project and the Special Jury Award at the RIAI Irish Architecture Awards 2018 for 14 Henrietta Street. The awards were announced at the RIAI Awards Summer Party in the Round Room at the Mansion House, Dublin on Friday 8thJune.
Prompting the re-use of the upper floors of historic upper floors
Gráinne Shaffrey will give a talk about Shaping the Future - Urban Regeneration and Adaptive Reuse on Friday 9th of March
Gráinne Shaffrey and Dr Ellen Rowley ‘Who is Henrietta?
Developing the Tenement Museum Dublin
Henrietta Street Tenement Museum is an initiative by Dublin City Council and Heritage Department to celebrate the rich history of inner city Dublin from the early Georgian Period to 20th Century Ireland.
Dr Ellen Rowley is an architectural historian, looking primarily at 20th Century Ireland. Educated at Trinity College Dublin and Cambridge University, she has written extensively on Irish architectural modernism, she is currently developing the new Tenement Museum Dublin. Gráinne Shaffrey is a principal of Shaffrey Architects. Their main field of work covers specialised aspects of architecture including existing buildings, their adaptation to new use and repair, urban design and new buildings in existing urban areas. Gráinne is an RIAI Grade 1 Conservation Architect and currently President of ICOMOS Ireland.
TUESDAY FEBRUARY 20, 18:30 P.M.
Rescheduled Great Granite Rocks Lecture
Gráinne Shaffrey will give a lecture as part of the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary celebrations in the Ferry Terminal Building on Thursday November 30th at 7pm. Capacity is limited, so to avoid disappointment please RSVP at email@example.com before Thurs 23.11.2017. https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/great-granite-rocks-the-architecture-of-dun-laoghaire-harbour-tickets-39765756448
Dublin Art Book Fair at Temple Bar Gallery + Studios
Dublin Art Book Fair, Ireland’s only art book fair, returns to Temple Bar Gallery + Studios from 23rd to 26th November, sponsored by Henry J Lyons. With the theme of Art and Architecture Interwoven, the gallery will be filled with books on art, architecture and related subjects from select Irish and international publishers, limited editions and more unusual and difficult-to-find artists’ and architects’ books.
As part of the fair, Gráinne Shaffrey will host a tour of the Tenement Museum at Henrietta Street on Saturday November 25th from 1 - 2pm titled The painting/the palimpsest. Further information is available on www.templebargallery.com
ICOMOS announces The 19th Annual Maura Shaffrey Memorial Lecture
Dr. Peter Harbison will discuss ‘The Heritage of Tourism, ‘Keeping Sight of Sites’ at George's Hall, Dublin Castle, Dublin 2 on Friday 3rd of November 2017 6.30pm for 7.00 pm talk. This event is invite only.
In this lecture Dr. Harbison addresses issues such as the commercialisation of cultural heritage sites in tourism, visitor information and engagement, conservation management and the role of organisations and local communities.
The lecture will be followed by a discussion in which audience members are invited to participate. This will be facilitated by the President of ICOMOS Ireland, Gráinne Shaffrey.
Westport Study Day - 2017
This IGS event celebrating 250 years of the Browne family and the town of Westport will take place at Westport House, Co. Mayo on Friday, November 10th 2017.
Gráinne Shaffrey will speak at 3.45pm on The Irish town, a work of art and a place to live. Further information and bookings can be made at http://www.igs.ie/events/westport-study-day-2017
IGS Lecture Series: Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown’s Historic Houses: Appreciating & Caring for your Period House
Gráinne Shaffrey, Principal of Shaffrey Architects, Grade I RIAI Conservation practice will give a lecture on The Importance of Using Lime at 7.00pm on Evening 2 of this lecture series on Wednesday 25th October 2017.
A 6-week evening conservation course presented by the Irish Georgian Society in association with Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council in the Royal St. George Yacht Club from 7- 9.30pm on Wednesdays in October and November 2017.
Open House Event 2017
Gráinne Shaffrey will present at this Seminar 'The City as a Stage' on Thursday 12th October 2017. This is an RIAI CPD Event for Grade I, II & III Conservation Architects.
Great Granite Rocks Lecture
POSTPONED - Lecture to be rescheduled
Gráinne Shaffrey will give a lecture as part of the Dun Laoghaire Harbour Bicentenary celebrations in the Ferry Terminal Building on Thursday October 5th at 7pm. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org to book a place.
HENTOWN by ANU Productions opens for a limited time on 24th August at the new Tenement Museum Dublin, 14 Henrietta Street.
Book now: www.tenementmuseum.ie
Heritage Week Lunchtime Lectures at the IAA
Friday 25 August at 1pm at The Irish Architectural Archive
‘In Conversation’ with Patrick Shaffrey
Patrick and Gráinne Shaffrey, Shaffrey Architects
For booking and further information please contact the Irish Architectural Archive
at + 353 (0)1 6633040 or email@example.com
International Women in Architecture Day Talk
To mark International Womens in Architecture Day, the RIAI have organised two lectures by renowned architect Grainne Shaffrey and architectural historian and RIAI Honorary Member Dr Ellen Rowley on the forthcoming Tenement Museum Dublin / An Músaem Tionántán.
The Tenement Museum Dublin is housed in a former tenement at No 14 Henrietta Street, Dublin 1 and will bring to life the story of the building and of its residents. Grainne Shaffrey and Ellen Rowley have been centrally involved in this landmark project – Grainne as architect and Ellen as curator. The museum will open to the public on 24th August with a 6-week performance by ANU Productions.
Dublin 1 Festival
Who are the Architects in your neighbourhood?
Shaffrey Architects opened their studios to the public to gain an insight into the life of the architects who work in Dublin 1,
The event was part of Dublin1 festival organised by the Irish Architecture Foundation.
The Buildings of the Irish Town and Irish Countryside Buildings Exhibition
21 June 2017 – 25 August 2017
Irish Architectural Archive, 45 Merrion Square, Dublin 2.
Open to the public from 10am to 5pm, Tuesdays to Fridays.
An exhibition of Maura Shaffrey’s drawings from the books The Buildings of Irish Towns and Irish Countryside Buildings following their recent donation to the Irish Architectural Archive.
Engineering the Past to Meet the Needs of the Future
Best practice installation of mechanical and electrical services into historic buildings
Grainne Shaffrey, Tomas O’Connor (Shaffrey Associates Architects ) and Edith Blennerhasset (Arup) Present 14 Henrietta Street, Dublin Tenement Museum: townhouse as museum
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