The Society promotes best conservation practice through its annual Traditional Building Skills exhibitions and through its online Traditional Building Skills register of craftsmen and professionals. It also organises public conferences and specialist seminars which aim to provide more in-depth understanding of conservation issues.
The Irish Georgian Society is delighted to announce the winners of its Architectural Conservation and Drawing Awards, 2012.
The Irish Georgian Society Conservation Awards Winner 2012
Enclosed Frameyard and Glasshouses, Fota House, Co. Cork
Architect: John J. O’Connell Architects
Contractor: Cornerstone Construction
Client: Irish Heritage Trust
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An action packed two-day exhibition (Sat 13th & Sun 14th October 2012 - 10am to 5pm daily)Read more »
The Irish Georgian Society invites applications for its Architectural Conservation and Original Drawing Awards 2012 from Irish registered architects or architectural firms, building surveyors and other professionals involved in the conservation of historic buildings in Ireland. Intended to promote greater appreciation of Ireland’s built heritage and the work of conservation professionals, the Award’s winners will be announced at a ceremony in the autumn. Read more »
Architectural Conservation Award 2011 (Highly commended)
Camellia House, Shanes Castle, Co. Antrim
Owner: Shane’s Castle Estate
Architect: Alastair Coey Architects Ltd.
Brief history of the Camellia House
Shane’s Castle was first depicted with a loughside conservatory in 1793, in an illustration pub... Read more »
Prof. Kevin B. Nowlan, vice-President of the IGS, and Dr. Edward McParland together announced at a ceremony in the Irish Architectural Archive that Russborough, Co. Wicklow was the winner of the Irish Georgian Society's 2011 Architectural Conservation Award.
IGS Architectural Conservation Award winner 2011: Russborough Co. Wickl... Read more »
The Irish Georgian Society and Dublin City Council has assembled a team of leading conservation experts to deliver a lecture series on the significance of Dublin's period houses and practical information on their care and conservation. The lectures will be of interest to owners and guardians of all periods and types of houses, from the modest Edwardian ar... Read more »
The Irish Georgian Society in partnership with local authority Conservation Officers and Heritage Officers and with the support of ESB, SEAI and the DoEHLG, is holding a series of five regional Energy Efficiency in Historic Houses seminars throughout the country.
These seminars will provide practical, appropriate and easy to understand advice and guidance on how to thermally upgrade historic houses and reduce energy costs whilst ensuring that no damage occurs to their historic fab... Read more »
The Irish Georgian Society has assembled a team of leading conservation experts to deliver a conservation course on the understanding and care of Dun Laoghaire Rathdown’s period houses. (download brochure)
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The Irish Georgian Society launched its inaugural Architectural Conservation Awards this year to promote greater appreciation of Ireland’s built heritage and to celebrate the conservation and restoration work done in recent years that has breathed life back into many architecturally significant buildings. There were two categories in the awards: one for conservation projects and one for non-CAD (computer-aided design) drawings relating to a historic building.
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The Irish Georgian Society launched its inaugural Architectural Conservation Awards in 2010 to promote greater appreciation of Ireland’s built heritage and to celebrate the conservation and restoration work done in recent years that has breathed life back into many architecturally significant buildings.
The Society is presenting its awards in two categories: one for outstanding conservation works and the second to award excellence in non-CAD (computer-aided design) architect... Read more »
The Irish Georgian Society has assembled a team of leading conservation experts to deliver a conservation course on the understanding and care of Dublin's historic houses. The Course, for which a certificate of attendance will be issued, comprises 12 lunchtime lectures.
Aimed at those with an interest in Dublin's historic houses, the course will be relevant to owners of all periods and types of houses, from the modest Edwardian artisan dwellings to the substantial red bricks... Read more »
The Irish Georgian Society in partnership with local authority Conservation Officers and Heritage Officers and with the support of the Electricity Supply Board (ESB) and the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government's Environment Fund, is holding a series of five regional Energy Efficiency in Historic Houses seminars.
These seminars will provide practical, appropriate and easy to understand advice and guidance on how to thermally upgrade historic houses a... Read more »
The Irish Georgian Society, in collaboration with the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, held a one-day conference in Dublin Castle on 10 March 2009 to examine the technical and practical issues of improving the energy efficiency of traditionally-built ... Read more »
On the 4th November 2008 the Society and No. 29 ESB's Georgian House Museum are partnering to present a Good Housekeeping in Historic Houses Seminar. The keynote speaker will be Katy Lithgow, Head Conservator of the National Trust, England. The seminar will take place at Castletow... Read more »
After a very successful inaugural event last year the Irish Georgian Society invites applications for the Architectural Conservation Award 2011 for Irish registered architects or architectural firms involved in the conservation of historic buildings in Ireland. Intended to promote greater appreciation of Ireland’s built heritage and the conservation work of its architects, the award’s winners will be announced at a ceremony in the autumn. There will be two award categories, one for a... Read more »
Owners: Alfred Beit Foundation
Architect: Howley Hayes Architects
Brief history of Russborough
Russborough is one of the most important country houses ever to have been built in Ireland. Designed in the Palladian style by Richard Castles for the first Earl of Milltown, the house was completed in 1744. Faced in ashlar Wicklow gra... Read more »
Whether a building is a stately home, a terraced house or a thatched cottage, the main principles and practice of conservation remain the same:
Summary of Conservation Principles
• Minimum intervention
• Repair rather than replace
• Respect the setting
Summary of Conservation Procedure
• Research the history of the house
• Identify original work and analyse mat... Read more »
TBS Exhibition, Adare, Co. Limerick, September 2007
As part of the Irish Georgian Society’s Education and Outreach Programme annually the Society holds a Traditional Building and Conservation Skills in Action Exhibition. The purpose of the exhibition is to alert owners of historic buildings to the need for best conservation practice through providing accurate and impartial conservation advice free of charge.
The exhibition actively demonstrates the skills necessa... Read more »
The Society organises public conferences and specialist seminars that aim to provide more in-depth understanding of conservation issues. In recent years we have organised events addressing planning, urban regeneration and practical conservation issues in association with organisations including the OPW and Limerick City Council. In 2008 we will be hosting a seminar that will address good housekeeping methods in historic buildings. Read more
Dublin Doors: their Stylistic Development and Conservation Requirements
In the typically pared back and understated facades of Dublin city’s domestic architecture, the doorcase and door provided the main opportunity to assert an architectural style and flair. The materials and design of a door made a strong statement about the status of a building and by its extension its owner. Today the condition and conservation of a door also says much about the curr... Read more »
Have you ever wanted to know more about your period property? Wondered who lived there? When it was built? Who designed it? The Irish Georgian Society, Ireland's Architectural Heritage Society often receives inquiries from owners of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian homes keen to discover the answers to these questions.
Discovering the history of your period property can not only be rewarding in itself but if your house is listed on the Record of Protected Structures, this information... Read more »
Owners of period properties are conscious of the immense privilege and enjoyment to be derived from their homes. Indeed many view their role as one of custodian; acting as a guardian of Ireland's built heritage. However the maintenance and conservation of a period property can place considerable financial burden on owners. It is in response to this that a number of funding initiatives have been established by both governmental and non-governmental organisations. Admittedly these sources of fu... Read more »
The Irish Georgian Society often receives enquiries from our members and the general public related to insuring their period properties. Owners of buildings over 100 years old can find that both obtaining accurate reconstruction cost assessments and acquiring adequate insurance is not straight forward. This is on account of the design and construction of period properties often making them both more vulnerable to damage, especially by fire, and more expensive to repair afterwards.... Read more »
Irish Georgian Society & Kildare County Council in partnership with OPW present an action packed two-day exhibition in the grounds of the splendid Castletown, Celbridge, Co. Kildare with demonstrations of thatching, slating, lime mortar use, repair of historic windows, decorative plasterwork and other traditional building skills. Running alongside the exhibition will be two days of conservation lectures. The restored Irish Landmark Trust Batty Langley Lodge and Round House are open and archi... Read more »