14 Henrietta Street, Dublin

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Henrietta Street is a Dublin street, to the north of Bolton Street on the north side of the city, first laid out and developed by Luke Gardiner during the 1720s. A very wide street relative to streets in other 18th-century cities, it includes a number of very large red-brick city palaces of Georgian design.NameThe street is generally held to be named after Henrietta, the wife of Charles FitzRoy, 2nd Duke of Grafton, although an alternative candidate is Henrietta, the wife of Charles Paulet, 2nd Duke of Bolton. The nearby Bolton Street is named after Paulet.HistoryHenrietta Street is the earliest Georgian Street in Dublin, and at the forefront Dublin's later Georgian streetscapes. Construction on the street started in the mid-1720s, on land bought by the Gardiner family in 1721. Construction was still taking place in the 1750s. Gardiner had a mansion, designed by Richard Cassels, built for his own use around 1730.The street was popularly referred to as Primate's Hill, as one of the houses was owned by the Archbishop of Armagh, although this house, along with two others, was demolished to make way for the Law Library of King's Inns.The street fell into disrepair during the 19th and 20th centuries, with the houses being used as tenements. While the houses on Henrietta Street had been home to a small number of wealthy residents in the 18th century, these were given-over to tenement use during the 19th century, and by 1911 there were 835 people living in poverty in just 15 houses. A number of houses on the street remained in use as tenements until the 1970s. In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, the street has been subject to restoration efforts.
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  • What an incredible museum, an absolute must for locals and tourists. I have visited Georgian home restorations and tenement dwellings returned to their former glory. What makes this place so incredibl...  more »
  • 14 Henrietta St, Tenament Museum, for me is a must see whether you are visiting or living here in Ireland. I went with a group & our guide Gillian was just BRILLIANT & brought each room to life. The i...  more »
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  • Had a wonderful visit today. David was our guide, very good at presentation especially personal details of a few who actually lived there. A few more seats would be helpful when watching the video parts. I got a great sense of that part of Dublin over the past 280 years. Booking advisable in summer. The group they allow is 20.
  • A must-see for anyone with even a remote interest in Dublin's social history. Accurately and lovingly restored to key eras, excellent tour guide and great audio-visuals to transport you back. A cafe in garden would be nice, just to linger, but wouldn't be very in-keeping.
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