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Department of Business Enterprise and Innovation, 23 Kildare Street participating in Open House Dublin

Open House Dublin is a unique event presented by the Irish Architecture Foundation

The Department of Business Enterprise & Innovation is once again pleased to participate in Open House Dublin (OHD), a unique event organised by the Irish Architecture Foundation and each year features over 100 buildings ranging from domestic to Government which are not normally accessible to the general public. 

23 Kildare Street is the first bespoke Government offices built after the establishment of the State .This building is an example of classical Art Deco architecture.Designed by JR Boyd Barrett as part of an architectural competition in 1935. The building was completed in 1941 and features carved reliefs by a female sculptor Gabriel Hayes who also designed the decimal 1/2p, 1p and 2p coins featuring celtic bird motif, which remained in circulation until the adoption of the Euro in 2002. 

23 Kildare Street will be open from 11am-5pm on Saturday 14th October,tours will be conducted by a senior architect from the Office of Public Works and are on a first come first served basis with the last tour departing at 4.30pm. We are child and wheelchair friendly. 

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Open House Dublin (OHD) is Ireland’s largest architecture festival, inviting all citizens to explore their city. It works through a simple but powerful idea: showcasing outstanding architecture for everyone to experience. Buildings that aren’t usually accessible to the public and buildings of architectural merit open their doors for one weekend, with architectural tours provided by expert guides.

All OHD tours are completely FREE!