The Lure of an Open House

The upcoming Open House Dublin event running from 13 – 15 October 2017 offers a citywide adventure. Structures and buildings that are normally off-limits, open their doors to stunning interiors and not to be outdone,  artists will also be exhibiting and opening their galleries and studios this weekend.

There is also the ever-popular Halloween festival which will shortly be celebrated by the macabre as a series of horror films and events hits selected venues in Dublin. Some of the venues to watch out for are the Horror Expo Ireland taking place Sunday 29th October at Freemasons Hall and the annual IFI Horrorthon both are sure to be a veritable feast of blood and terror for folks to indulge themselves in!

Photo of the Interior of the Freemasons Hall in Dublin.
Interior of the Freemasons Hall in Dublin.

However, preceding the ghoulish, a gentler phenomenon takes over the city. One no less intense but which has gained a huge following in other countries among curious and interested parties. Now the streets of the capital, instead of being occupied by a fancy dress parade of ghosts and witches, will ring with the footsteps of people intent on seeking out an open door. An invitation, that asks one to enter an Open House, which is impossible to refuse. No matter where or what the venue crowds are guaranteed and booking in many instances necessary, otherwise disappointment follows. Curiosity must be satisfied either in New York, London or Dublin and its suburbs.

Photo of Cathedral Church of St John the Devine in New York.
Cathedral Church of St John the Devine in New York.

The buildings that throw open their doors yearly are varied and range from the grandeur of the Cathedral Church of St. John the Devine, New York built in the Architectural style of Romanesque and Gothic.

Photo of the Bank of England in London.
Queuing for the Bank of England in London.

The popularity of the Bank of England in the City of London, fondly referenced as the Old Lady of Threadneedle Street, may be noted by the long queue patiently awaiting entry.

Photo of The Chester Beatty Library in Dublin.
The Chester Beatty Library in Dublin.

In Dublin architectural diversity reigns, with the buildings under scrutiny ranging from the Chester Beatty Library, home to the collections of the mining magnate Sir Alfred Chester Beatty. There is Busáras, designed in the International Modern style by Michael Scott and his team of young architects and designers, now acting as the central bus station for Dublin.

Photo of Busáras in Dublin
Busáras the central bus station in Dublin.

Finally in County Dublin, looming over the suburbs of Killiney, is the Obelisk, a favorite haunt for walkers. The Obelisk bears the inscription: “Last year being hard with the poor, walks about these hills and this were erected by John Mapas, June 1742.”

Photo of The Obelisk on Killiney Hill in Dublin.
The Obelisk on Killiney Hill in Dublin.

In the City centre alone ninety-six buildings are open to the public. Several of these by a lottery system including what should be a fascinating and interesting event in the Edmund Burke Theatre, Trinity College, in the form of ‘A Conversation with Paul Koralek’ known for the Berkeley Library he designed in the Brutalist style for this University. Whatever the choice of building, open over the three-day event, be it large to the small, it calls for expertise in planning to avail of all locations.


Feature Image: Google Gordon House (David Dixens).

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