"Dublin houses" Dublin Tip by magor65
Dublin, Ireland: 100 reviews and 191 photos
Apart from visiting tourist attractions I always love walking around some residential disitricts to see how ordinary people live. It's interesting to notice how much the housing architecture differs depending on the country. The reasons are various; first of all such obvious ones like climate and material available, but of course historical factors and fashion also count.
It's good that at least some of Dublin Georgian houses have been preserved. They come from the 18th century - the time of Dublin's prosperity, when a lot of new broad streets and fine squares were laid out ( the preserved example is Merrion Square). The main building material was brick and the dominant feature was uniformity of appearance. But seemingly dull rows of houses were enlivened by charming details which gave each house individual touch. It's a shame that a big part of Georgian city later ceased to exisit. Many residential buildings were transformed into tenement houses shared by several families and due to negliegence and the lack of funds gradually fell into decline. Then in the 1960', 70' and 80' many were destroyed to give way for office blocks.
Luckily, there are still districts where you still can enjoy the view of old Georgian or Victorian houses. Go to Ballsbridge, for example. Looking at the famous colourful doors, so common there, I wondered if the decorative factor was the only task they had. Perhaps they help the owners to tell their house from another, especially when the man is coming back from a pub.
Look at the other picture. It was taken in a newer housing estate and shows the tendency to arrange windows to obtain the 'uniformity of appearance' effect: the same curtains, figures and plants. I was surprised how common this fashion is.
Directions: At the east coast of Ireland. You can't miss is, it's the biggest city around ;-)
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