Dublin City Cottages Project

This project is a study into the Dublin City Cottages – the artisan dwellings of the city.

They are a much loved face of Dublin, from Stoneybatter to Portobello and Ringsend but very little research as been done into their history and impact on the city.

The aim of the project is to produce a comprehensive report into the origins and history of the Dublin City Cottages, how they have affected the growth and identity of the city and also how they are adapting to the requirements of modern living standards without losing their architectural integrity.

I hope to gather as much information as possible on the streets and cottages that no longer exist. There is very little existing documentation so my primary source of information will be those who lived there. I am hoping to gather a better picture of these areas through the stories and knowledge of the older generation of Dublin. With every year that passes access to that information through the people who lived there or were handed down the knowledge fades, I believe that this may be the last chance to document much of the Dublin City Cottages original history.

I will be focusing on the following areas:

  1. The past: Gathering as much information as possible on the streets and cottages that no longer exist. There is very little existing documentation so my primary source of information will be those who lived there. I am hoping to gather a better picture of these areas through the stories and knowledge of the older generation of Dublin. With every year that passes access to that information through the people who lived there or were handed down the knowledge fades, I believe that this may be the last chance to document much of the Dublin City Cottages original history.
  2. The present: I am currently documenting and surveying all of the cottages of the city center (the boundaries of the project are included below).
  3. The future: I will be showcasing cottages that have been renovated and restored for 21st century living without compromising their unique aesthetic in their surrounds. Hopefully this will inspire further restoration and protection of these cottages.

Area being surveyed:

All of Dublin 1, 2, 7 & 8, also including Ballybough, East Wall, Ringsend & Irishtown.

Can you help?

Needless to say this is a large project to undertake and I would be absolutely delighted to hear from anyone who can contribute in any form – large or small. Even if it is just to register your interest and encourage the continuation of the project – I will be extremely grateful – everyone needs a little cheering squad!

I would especially like to hear from:

  • Those who lived in or near any cottages prior to the 1960’s who might be able to provide descriptions or stories about the area.
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  • Those who currently live in cottages or have renovated a cottage to give their experiences with the process and showcase their renovation.

You can leave a comment below, email me at orla@cottageology.com or give me a call on 087 9807024

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