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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 an attractive and vibrant historic city.

Dublin Civic Trust Returns to Active Historic Building Conservation

Dublin Civic Trust is delighted to formally announce a major new venture with a full-scale return to historic building conservation.

In a move that sees a departure from 4 Castle Street after 17 years, the Trust is relocating to an exciting new historic city centre home, requiring full-scale refurbishment, which we will be announcing in the autumn.

The primary remit of Dublin Civic Trust has always been to lead by demonstration in the identification, acquisition and conservation of urban street buildings of distinctive heritage value. We successfully achieved this in the 1990s and early 2000s through the refurbishment of a series of properties, some executed independently, others in partnership with Dublin City Council, and a number of which were scheduled for demolition and saved through our direct intervention. Projects included 10 South Frederick Street, 11 South Frederick Street, 21 Aungier Street, 9 Merchant’s Quay, 27 Pearse Street and 2 St. Andrew’s Street. All projects left a profound regenerative legacy to their respective streets and the wider architectural patrimony of the city.

Since that time, the Trust has largely been engaged in policy work, completing an inventory of the city under the Historic Heart of Dublin (HHOD) programme, undertaking comprehensive street studies and writing new publications. We have also continued our educational remit through courses, seminars and conferences relating to traditional skills and the wider architectural heritage of the city.

It has always been the intention of the Trust to remain an active agent in the strategic acquisition, refurbishment and re-sale of historic buildings, however this was curbed by our capital being tied up in our occupied premises – 4 Castle Street – and by escalating property values during the economic boom. Many efforts to secure independent funding through governmental and lottery sources proved unfruitful. As a result, in the improved economic climate, we took the strategic decision to sell our Castle Street premises and reactivate our primary role as a building restoration trust.

In the three years since the recession, we actively sought the purchase of a period building, approximately twenty of which were pursued through estate agents, receivers, NAMA and private sources. After an exhaustive search, we are delighted to finally be in a position of having secured a new building project and to now pass 4 Castle Street to a new owner.

4 Castle Street

It has been a joy and unrivalled privilege to be based for such a long period in what is undeniably one of the most beautiful street buildings in the capital. To us, 4 Castle Street represents everything that is gracious, practical and elegant about Dublin merchant architecture – the quiet dignity of the mellow brick facade, the classical shuttered shopfront, the subtle quirks to internal joinery that is the essence of Dublin vernacular, the immaculately proportioned rooms, the patina of countless lives passed through – all the very reasons why this heritage, a distinctive and finite component of our cultural identity as citizens of Dublin, should be preserved for us and future generations to value and enjoy.

We are immensely proud of what we achieved at 4 Castle Street, having preserved the last merchant house flanking the walls of Dublin Castle and providing the catalyst for the exemplary contemporary building by de Blacam and Meagher Architects next door. In our view, it is the most sophisticated street corner in the city and a model for urban regeneration everywhere. Above all, our acquisition of Number 4 has prominently upheld the distinguished and undervalued building tradition of 18th and 19th century Dublin through its informed refurbishment and active reuse. Through its sale to a private owner, we are delighted that saving the building from imminent demolition and effecting its complete restoration has proved financially viable, and that this designated National Monument and Protected Structure has been actively endorsed by the commercial market.

Onwards and upwards...

Never in recent times has it proved more opportune than now to actively create wider awareness about the value of Dublin's historic built environment, about its dynamic reuse in an urban sustainability context, and to showcase the inherent, physical identity of the city in a dynamic and relevant new way. We hold a singular and determined intention of broadcasting the value of our capital’s built heritage to an entirely new audience, and we will be seeking your interest, help and support in this endeavour.

To all of our friends and colleagues, we thank you for your committed interest and support in all our happy years in Castle Street. We greatly look forward to opening a whole new chapter for Dublin Civic Trust later in 2015.

Watch this space.

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Dublin Civic Trust Returns to Active Historic Building Conservation

Dublin Civic Trust is delighted to formally announce a major new venture with a full-scale return to historic building conservation.

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January - June 2015

Thomas Street, Dublin 8
Improving the Public Face of an Historic City Centre Street

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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.

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