Open House Dublin is free and is sponsored by the Irish Architecture Foundation (IAF). The 2013 OHD event featured 100 buildings and many of the sites featured tours by an architect or someone very familiar with the building's architecture. The IAF is a non-profit organization aimed at promoting the value of architecture to the general public. Open House tours which explain the significance of local built heritage is a great way
to interest people in architecture and local heritage.
One of the sites I visited as part of OHD was the Tyrone House which is currently home to the
|In Tyrone House Courtyard|
The Tyrone House site also a number of interesting modern art features and additional buildings that were not included in the tour. The Department of Education and Skills built a replica of the Tyrone building on the site -- possibly to create a symmetrical appearance of the grounds -- this newer building was not included in the tour but the guide to speak to the aims of the Department to maintain the heritage of the site.
Overall my experience during the Open House Dublin event was a positive one. The guides were friendly and knowledgeable about their respective sites and it was an interesting opportunity to explore parts of Dublin that aren't tourist destinations and that aren't always open to the public.