Since our establishment in the early 1990s, the Trust has engaged in many projects relating to the built heritage of Dublin and in many places around the country.

Just some of these include:

  • Recording over 5,000 buildings in Dublin and wider area, ranging from townhouses and merchant terraces, to significant public buildings like churches, banks and 20th century structures.
  • Detailed recording of structures on many of Dublin’s principal and secondary streets, such as Henrietta Street, Capel Street and Aungier Street.
  • The complete restoration of five historic buildings – some of which were proposed for demolition - through the Trust’s Revolving Fund, and the reinstatement of further buildings in conjunction with Dublin City Council.
  • The compilation of two Architectural Conservation Area policies and inventories for Dublin City Council: O’Connell Street & Environs, and most recently, Thomas Street & Environs in the Liberties. The Trust has also carried out ACA inventories for other local authorities such as Dalkey and designated streets in Galway city.
  • Establishing and operating professional accreditation courses in building conservation for the Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland (RIAI) and the Society of Chartered Surveyors (SCSI).
  • Establishing and running undergraduate modules in building conservation for Dublin Institute of Technology's (DIT) School of Spatial Planning.
Thomas Street Architectural Conservation Area study

Thomas Street Architectural Conservation Area study

  • Detailed street regeneration studies including Thomas Street, Capel Street and Parnell Street East.
  • Extensive work in the Liberties area of Dublin, including the publication of historical and advisory leaflets on building typologies particular to residential streets in the area and hosting lectures about caring for and conserving period homes.
  • Publishing inventory and policy documents on built heritage, ranging from an Inventory of Dublin Historic Street Paving and Furniture, a Survey of Thatched Structures of Co. Mayo and a Survey of Industrial Heritage in County Waterford. A comprehensive Survey of Places of Worship within the Dublin City Council area was also carried out, as well as a similar inventory of Dublin’s 20th-century buildings using a DOCOMOMO standard.
  • The compilation of Records of Protected Structures (RPS) for local authorities in counties Mayo and Sligo. 
  • Undertaking a National Inventory of Architectural Heritage survey of Kilkenny city and county in 2004 in conjunction with Blackwood Associates architects.
  • Grafton Streetscape Survey commissioned by Dublin City Business Association, involving inventorising and evaluating building stock and appraising streetscape.
  • Historic building reports and assessments of many historic buildings commissioned by architects’ firms and private individuals. Work has also been carried out for architectural practices and property companies.
Number 4 Kildare Street, refronted in the Art Deco style in 1935-36

Number 4 Kildare Street, refronted in the Art Deco style in 1935-36

  • A comprehensive evaluation of the historic core of Dublin as defined by its Georgian squares and major connecting commercial streets, commissioned by Dublin City Business Association.
  • One of the principal objectives of the Trust is to work in partnership with Government and local authorities. Through commissioned projects we have worked with the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Dublin City Council, Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council, South Dublin County Council, Mayo, Sligo and Waterford County Councils, and Galway City Council.
  • Compiling a survey of Dublin's Wasting Assets, an inventory of underutilised and at risk buildings in the city, updating the Trust's previous Wasting Assets surveys of 1997 and 2001.
  • Undertaking a comprehensive Survey of Gable-Fronted Houses and Other Early Buildings of Dublin City within a core area of the city’s historic centre.
Dublin's Wasting Assets study

Dublin's Wasting Assets study