The Oldest House in Dublin City Is...
Built Dublin is a blog about modern architecture in Dublin and this week photographer Lisa Cassidy took a trip to Dublin’s oldest house. The house sits on 26 Fishamble Street on the corner of Essex Street in Dublin 8, on the south side of the city. Apparently it’s the oldest house within Dublin’s city walls and was built around 1720.
Lisa wrote this about her time taking pictures of the house…
While I was taking photographs, a woman stopped and said, “Oh, you’ve just missed Michael!” Michael (or Micheál) lives in the house, which she said had been in his family’s ownership for a long time. She pointed out the door to his garden, where he’d just been, right where the site joins onto Smock Alley Court where she lives. In the evenings, she said, you can see the busts and casts in the house silhouetted as light passed through, and there are 17 rooms inside.
If you spend long enough staring at buildings, or even studying them in a more dignified manner, the thing that first drew you to them might not be what ends up being significant. So, someone painted their windows red, but the twenty minutes I spent on the street talking to a woman (“Can I take your picture?” “Oh no, I hate having my photo taken!” “Me too, actually.”) about her life and the changes in the city and the debate over Chinese granite is now the anchoring association for this house.
From Built Dublin
This image captures an alternative view of the house with its red window and door reveals.