Dublin Civic Trust is delighted to launch its flagship new publication
Irish Period Houses – A Conservation Guidance Manual
Available from Wednesday, 25th November 2015
Buy and reserve online now
Irish Period Houses is a complete revision of the previous edition of the book Period Houses, printed in 2001, which was a pioneering manual for best practice repair and maintenance of period houses in Dublin. The new edition, undertaken by the same author, conservation surveyor Frank Keohane, greatly widens the scope of the manual with a comprehensive array of new topics now covering all of Ireland.
Period houses comprise a distinctive part of Ireland’s architectural heritage. They require a careful approach to repair and maintenance to ensure that their unique character is preserved. Irish Period Houses provides invaluable information for the homeowner and building professional into the design of traditional houses, their construction materials and decorative elements, and expert guidance on how they can be repaired and enhanced with best conservation practice. It is the definitive reference guide for custodians of most period buildings in Ireland and for anyone considering taking on a building conservation project.
The book is arranged into 25 easily navigated chapters, with subjects ranging from traditional walls and roofs, windows, internal joinery, damp, timber decay, decorative finishes and energy efficiency. A unique feature is the array of specifications from historic builder’s manuals and architect’s instructions which provide an invaluable insight into how Ireland’s buildings were originally assembled.
Over 1000 colour illustrations and diagrams provide useful instruction on typical features and materials used in Irish traditional buildings, problems commonly encountered, and best practice solutions for their conservation, repair and replacement where necessary. Unlike other guidance books that specialise in specific areas of construction or conservation, Irish Period Houses provides an invaluable, holistic approach for the owner/occupier or building professional – ensuring that the right works are carried out at the right time, and that all factors are considered when undertaking repair or refurbishment works.
In the book, author Frank Keohane distils years of surveying experience working on hundreds of historic buildings of all types and periods across Ireland. Many of the country's leading conservation contractors have also contributed to the rich array of instructive images and case studies featured.
For anyone who owns, manages or occupies a traditional building in Ireland, or who is thinking of taking on a building conservation project, this is the must-have, definitive reference guide to the subject.
Irish Period Houses - A Conservation Guidance Manual is available to buy directly from Dublin Civic Trust through its online store priced €45 (€54.00 with package and postage).
Bookshop sellers include (from end of November):
Hodges Figgis, Dawson Street, Dublin 2
Dubray Books, across Dublin
Chapters, Parnell Street
Irish Georgian Society, City Assembly House, South William Street, Dublin 2
National Gallery of Ireland shop, Clare Street, Dublin 2
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