From aristocratic beginnings to tenement living
Dating from the 1720s, Henrietta Street in Dublin’s North inner city is the most intact collection of early to mid-18th century aristocratic townhouses in Ireland. These vast houses were divided into tenements from the 1870s to the 1890s to house the city’s working poor.
Built as a townhouse for the members of Dublin’s ruling elite, 14 Henrietta Street was divided into 19 tenement flats in 1877, with some 100 people living under its roof by 1911. It remained a tenement house until the last families left in the late 1970s.
14 Henrietta Street tells the story of the building’s shifting fortunes, from family home and powerbase to courthouse; from barracks to its final incarnation as a tenement. The stories of the house and street mirror the story of Dublin and her citizens.
14 Henrietta Street seeks to help you deepen your understanding of the history of urban life and housing in Ireland, through people and memory. Taking the stories, personal experiences and objects of former residents of the tenements, coupled with new ongoing social and architectural history research, the Museum gathers, interprets and preserves Dublin’s tenement history.
With no more that 15 per tour, the Tour Guides accompany you through three floors of the house and its many stories, told through the walls of the house itself, recreated immersive rooms, sound and film. Comfortable shoes are advised.
There is a fee for this tour. €6 concession/€9 full price
To book a place on this RHA Friends’ event please email Michelle at firstname.lastname@example.org
Image: 14 Henrietta Street Entrance Hall juxtaposing the Georgian Beginnings and the Tenement Dwelling that the building became. Image by Paul Tierney Photography and courtesy of 14 Henrietta Street.