Explore Stoneybatter, Smithfield and Grangegorman through a host of walking and building tours during Open House Dublin: the Wholesale Fruit and Veg Market, tours of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT)‘s Grangegorman campus and a walking tour entitled ‘Dublin Lost and Found’
There will be a guided tour of the DIT Campus at Grangegorman, showing the developments on site to date and describing the works that will be commencing with a view to completing the Masterplan, on Saturday 14 October at 11.00am.
DIT’s move to Grangegorman is important; nationally and institutionally. Alongside the change in its spatial make-up; there is an important cultural shift afoot in DIT; it now seeks Technological University status. The duality between technological and universal values establishes the premise for this project. Open on Saturday 14 October from 12.00pm – 4.00pm.
The tour will visit the former cattle markets, glass works, scavenging depots, and Francis Johnson’s Asylum for Industrious Children in Smithfield and Stoneybatter. It will also take in health, education and housing regeneration projects around Grangegorman. Please wear appropriate footwear and dress for the weather. This walking tour is on Sunday 15 October at 3.00pm.
This covered market was built to house the Corporation Wholesale Markets and is still in use for the same purpose today, transforming the surrounding area with activity early each morning. The original design was by City Engineer Parke Neville, carried out after Neville’s death by his successor, Spencer Harty. The roof spans East to West across gabled ranges, in structural ironwork with North-light glazing, and the facades are mostly in red brick, with yellow brick lining the arches providing contrast in patterned blocks. On the exterior, the charming terracotta label stops between arches, each depicting a different fish, fruit, or vegetable, reflecting the Markets use. Visit on Saturday 14 October from 11.00am – 5.00pm.
Open House Dublin (OHD) invites Dublin’s citizens to explore their city as when buildings not usually accessible to the public and buildings of architectural merit open their doors over the weekend of October 13th – 15th