In 2011-2012, I’ve been part of a group project and had to write an essay about Dublin’s tenements, a subject very closed to my heart, as I was interested long time before in the subject (will publish later parts of that essay). Was very happy when we’ve got this subject and hints and tools to develop on it, and have spent many lovely hours in National Library of Ireland, which will also be the theme of a following blog article, as it is a gorgeous building.
This is part of the group project, when we’ve walked around Dublin taking pictures of its wonderful sites and buildings, with short descriptions, this being part of the searching for the subject.
Before the 1911 the buildings on Henrietta Place were home to generations of lawyers, but by 1911 were overflowing with poverty.
The Iveagh Buildings
The Iveagh Buildings were built at the initiative of the Dublin Artisans Dwelling Company and the Iveagh Trust. It was meant to be a greatly improved housing for the working class.
Mary’s Place, the same as a great part of Dublin, was inhabited by poor people. People living in those tenement buildings were failed by Dublin Corporation, which did almost nothing to improve their housing.
During those times many buildings collapsed or burned, trapping people inside. Because of precariousness of life, in that time was a high mortality.
Iveagh Buildings, Patrick Street, Dublin
We notice around Dublin those buildings, the Tenements, most degraded, but still beautiful. Their walls witnessed, for more than 150 years, Dubliners lives. If only the walls could talk…
61 Mountjoy Square
Construction began in 1790 with the project completed in 1818, built in the typical Georgian architecture design, also the use of red-brick was implemented.
62 Mountjoy square
From the 1911 census we see the social class that once lived in these houses, this building was known as home for a family of three, and also two servants worked there.
Ballymun flats were built in 1966 for families who wanted to move out of the crowded city centre, away from tenement life. From 1970s, Ballymun flats became symbol of poverty, drugs and social problems in Ireland.
The Liberties is also an area with tenement houses, with shops at the ground level.
Kearns, K. (1994) Dublin Tenement Life – An Oral History, Gill and Macmillan, Dublin
The National Archives of Ireland Dublin Ireland in the early 20th Century – Poverty and Health http://www.census.nationalarchives.ie/exhibition/dublin/poverty_health.html