Irish Period Houses – A Conservation Guidance Manual is a complete revision of the previous edition of Period Houses, printed in 2001, which was a pioneering manual for best practice repair and maintenance of period houses in Dublin.

The 2016 edition, undertaken by the same author, chartered conservation surveyor Frank Keohane, greatly widens the scope of the manual with a comprehensive array of new topics now covering all of Ireland.

PERIOD HOUSES comprise a distinctive part of Ireland’s architectural heritage. They require a careful approach to repair and maintenance to ensure that their unique character is preserved. Irish Period Houses provides invaluable information for the homeowner and building professional into the design of traditional houses, their construction materials and decorative elements, and expert guidance on how they can be repaired and enhanced with best conservation practice. It is the definitive reference guide for custodians of most period buildings in Ireland and for anyone considering taking on a building conservation project.

PRICE: €45 + pp



Comprehensive detail

The book is arranged into 25 easily navigated chapters, with subjects ranging from traditional walls and roofs, windows, internal joinery, damp, timber decay, decorative finishes and energy efficiency. A unique feature is the array of specifications from historic builder’s manuals and architects’ records which provide an invaluable insight into how Ireland’s buildings were originally assembled.

Over 1000 colour illustrations and diagrams provide useful instruction on typical features and materials used in Irish traditional buildings, problems commonly encountered, and best practice solutions for conservation, repair, and replacement of elements where necessary. Unlike other guidance books that specialise in specific areas of construction or conservation, Irish Period Houses provides an holistic approach for the owner/occupier or building professional – ensuring that the right works are carried out at the right time, that the correct materials are sourced, and that all factors are considered when undertaking repair or refurbishment works.

Frank Keohane distils experience from working on hundreds of historic buildings of all types and periods across Ireland. Many of the country's leading building conservation contractors have also contributed to the rich array of instructive images and case studies featured, from farmhouses to stately homes, from cottages to suburban terraced houses.

For anyone who owns, manages or occupies a traditional building in Ireland, or who is thinking of taking on a building conservation project, this is the must-have, definitive reference guide to the subject.

Irish Period Houses is available to buy directly from Dublin Civic Trust through its online store at priced €45 (€55 with package and postage).


Frank Keohane is a Chartered Building Surveyor with an independent practice specialising in the repair and refurbishment of historic buildings. Previously a conservation adviser with Dublin Civic Trust, he completed a Masters in Urban & Building Conservation in UCD in 2002 before working for ten years with Paul Arnold architects. He is currently writing the Buildings of Ireland (Pevsner) guide to Cork, his native county and city.

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