Promoting the City's Architectural Heritage

Dublin Civic Trust is an independent charitable organisation that works to recognise and protect the city’s architectural heritage.

As an educational trust, we are dedicated to the principles of building identification, sensitive repair and minimal intervention, as well as appropriate use of the city’s historic building stock.

We work in partnership with Government, local authorities and society to realise our vision of Dublin as a beautiful and vibrant city.

 
 

NEW PUBLICATION FROM DUBLIN CIVIC TRUST
THE STREETS OF DUBLIN: 1910 - 1911

Discover a fascinating insight into the streets, trades, buildings and people of 19th and early 20th century Dublin, as seen through the eyes of Alderman Thomas Kelly, former Lord Mayor of Dublin.

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Welcome to the Dublin Civic Trust website

Dublin is a vibrant, historic capital city with a wealth of architectural heritage. From great Norman cathedrals and gracious Georgian streets and squares, to charming commercial thoroughfares of Victorian retail buildings, the city exhibits an extraordinary variety in its period building stock which lends it a distinctive character.

These buildings are a precious and finite resource, which hold cultural significance in an ever-changing world as examples of traditional design and craftsmanship that have stood the test of time. As observed by Patrick Fagan in The Second City, A Portrait of Dublin 1700-1760, "no historical period exists in a vacuum; Dublin was moulded and influenced by what preceded it, and it in turn had its effect on subsequent periods". Presently, there is a greater and growing awareness amongst citizens and officials of our cultural past to which we are inextricably linked.

It is the objective of Dublin Civic Trust to retain the grain and readability of the city by conserving and encouraging sensitive reuse of period buildings, while supporting excellence in new design that enriches and complements the historic environment. We promote the concept of a living, breathing historic city with a vibrant residential population that is an attractive place to live, work and visit, and serves as a proud and fitting showcase of Ireland to the world.

Explore our website and find out about the innovation projects and policy work we have been undertaking to realise a more beautiful and vibrant city. Sign up for our free newsletter or find us on social media sites so that we can keep you up to date on our activities and events. And please consider supporting our ongoing work by becoming a Friend of the Trust.

Dublin Civic Trust needs your support and engagement with the city. 

News & Announcements

Dublin's Wide Streets Commissioners - where did we go wrong?

January 15, 2014

An article from The Sunday Times Culture (12/1/2013) about Dublin's pioneering Wide Streets Commission - one of the most influential public bodies of Georgian Ireland.


Current Exhibition

Forging the City

Visit our new exhibition showcasing the wealth of historic domestic ironwork in Dublin.   Read more >>>

 

 

 

 

 

Open Monday - Friday 10am - 5.30pm
November 2013 - January 2014

 



Membership & Newsletter

The Trust is a forum for public engagement with the city and its architecture and built environment.  We value your continued support for our efforts to protect and promote our shared patrimony and to realise the full potential of the city as a place to live, work and visit.

Our Newsletter keeps you updated on Dublin building and event news, as well as seminars, courses and special events run by the Trust.

By becoming a Friend of Dublin Civic Trust you can avail of benefits including discounts on courses and seminars held during the year, reduced rates on board room hire, and a 10% discount on Dublin Civic Trust books and publications purchased in our shop.


Learn the stories, people and events behind almost 300 buildings and places across Dublin city with this great new App for iPhone from Dublin Civic Trust.  See Dublin on Foot is your essential companion to Dublin and its architecture.  Now available for download from the AppStore – only €2.99. 

     



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