Dublin Period Homes: From Queen Anne to Georgian to The Edwardian Era

Dublin is known for its rich history, cultural heritage and stunning architecture. One of the most captivating aspects of Dublin’s architectural landscape is the array of period houses that reflect the changing tastes and styles of different eras. From the elegant Queen Anne period to the Edwardian era, these homes stand as testament to the city’s evolution over the centuries.

As specialists in selling period homes, we delve into the defining architectural features of each epoch.

Queen Anne (1701-1714)

The Queen Anne period, named after the English monarch who reigned from 1702 to 1714, was marked by a shift in architectural styles. Dublin’s Queen Anne houses are notable for their refined elegance, featuring red-brick facades, simple lines and a sense of symmetry. These homes often included Dutch gables, sash windows, and beautifully crafted doors.

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Clonmannon, Co. Wicklow

One example that was sold by Knight Frank is Clonmannon in Co. Wicklow, dating back to circa 1700 this charming red brick is in the style of famed architect Inigo Jones and was previously owned by philanthropist and collector Chester Beatty.

Georgian (1714-1820)

The Georgian era in Dublin marked a significant departure from the Queen Anne style. This period is renowned for its stately and symmetrical townhouses, characterised by the use of smooth and elegant white or yellow brick facades. The iconic Georgian doors with fanlights and ornate wrought-iron railings became a hallmark of this era.

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20 Oakley Road, Ranelagh

One example currently sale agreed is 20 Oakley Road in Ranelagh. No. 20 is an attractive double fronted Georgian terraced house dating back to circa 1790 located on this desirable residential street, just a short walk from Beechwood LUAS and benefiting from a wonderful approx. 125 ft west facing garden.

Regency (1820-1830)

The Regency era was a relatively short but impactful period in Dublin’s architectural history. Dublin’s Regency houses are known for their refinement and simplicity. Elegant stuccoed facades, curved wrought-iron balconies, and the use of Greek and Roman architectural elements define this style.

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One notable example is Harcourt Terrace in Dublin city centre. Built circa 1830, it is “acknowledged as Ireland’s finest surviving group of Regency houses” by the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage.

Victorian (1830-1901)

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The Victorian era marked a return to decorative and ornate architectural styles. Dublin’s Victorian houses are characterised by their colourful brickwork, bay windows, and intricate detailing. These homes often included turrets, decorative cornices, and ornamental carvings.

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Cambridge House, Rathmines

One example currently for sale is Cambridge House in Rathmines. Cambridge House is a classic late Victorian detached family residence set in a quiet residential road only minutes’ walk from Rathmines town centre with all its amenities. Built with a combination of red brick and granite façade, the entire property was fully renovated and refurbished circa 2010.

Edwardian (1901-1910)

The Edwardian era, named after King Edward VII, represented a transition between the elaborate Victorian style and the more modern designs of the 20th century. Edwardian houses in Dublin are typically larger, with spacious rooms, high ceilings, and sash windows. The use of red brick and tile-hung facades, along with decorative woodwork, gives them a distinct charm. The Dublin suburb of Rathgar is famous for its Edwardian homes, which exude a sense of spaciousness and comfort.

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26 Herbert Park, Ballsbridge

One example sold by Knight Frank is 26 Herbert Park in Ballsbridge. Built circa 1910 by GT Crampton, no. 26 is a classic six-bedroom, red brick Edwardian residence. The property has been substantially extended and upgraded to provide extra space in the form of media room and gym at the lower level and a state of the art kitchen/dining/family area which is flooded with natural light.

Preservation

In recent years there has been a growing awareness of the importance of preserving Dublin’s period houses. There are several organisations dedicated to their preservation, including the Dublin Civic Trust and the Irish Georgian Society. These groups work to raise awareness of the historical and architectural significance of these homes and to provide resources and support to those looking to restore them.

Experts in Selling Period Properties

Knight Frank are experts in selling period properties. With our extensive track record, deep understanding of the local market and a keen appreciation for the unique charm of Dublin’s period homes, Knight Frank is your trusted partner in finding the perfect property that matches your tastes and preferences.

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