Dating from the 1720s, Henrietta Street in Dublin’s North inner city is the most intact collection of early to mid-18th century houses in Ireland. From aristocratic beginnings to Tenement living, 14 Henrietta Street tells the story of the lives of the people who lived there, and how social change impacted on them over time.
Built as a townhouse for the elite of Dublin, 14 Henrietta Street was divided into 19 tenement flats in the 1880s as the need for working class housing in Dublin grew, with some 100 people living there by 1911. It remained a tenement house until the last families left in the late 1970s.
A visit to 14 Henrietta Street allows you to see and understand how tenement living developed, through the mass conversion of the mansions of Dublin to house the families of workers not lucky enough to be securely employed in companies who were building housing such as Guinness and the Dublin Artisan Company. It also looks at the development of urban life, including suburbanisation, housing and development policy and the social and cultural life surrounding all of these.
14 Henrietta Street will open officially in September 2018, but will open for pre-launch guided tours on Fridays and Saturdays from 6 June – 8 September 2018, from 10am – 4.00pm (pre-booking essential).