Powerscourt Townhouse Centre
Powerscourt Centre is a speciality shopping centre set in an elegant Georgian house centrally located just off Grafton Street, offers a shopping experience like no other.
Located in a former Georgian palazzo on South William Street, Powerscourt Centre is home to an abundance of independent boutiques, jewellers, antique shops, cafés and more. For fashion mavens, the centre prides itself on stocking up-and-coming Irish designers alongside high-end international brands, with the likes of Design Centre and The Loft Market providing an outlet for emerging Irish designers. For magpies with an eye for costume jewellery, the centre similarly has you covered with a stop by Gollum’s Precious proving essential. Finally, those with an aversion to IKEA would be foolish not to stop by Article, which sells quirky, charming affects for your house at an affordable price. If you’re not in the mood to shop, the centre is conducive to having a wander, marvelling at the architecture and soaking up the atmosphere. Either way, you are unlikely to find a more unique, luxurious retail experience.
The house as it stands today is one of the finest 18th century town mansions in Dublin.
With its historic past the centre's architecture serves as a magnificent setting for browser's and shoppers alike.
Built as a town house and office for Lord Powerscourt, Richard Wingfield 3rd Viscount (1730-1788), the building was designed by Robert Mack and is built in granite mined from the Powerscourt estate in Co. Wicklow. The house took three years to complete and cost £80,000.
Known in Dublin as the 'French Earl' because he had made the Grand Tour and returned home wearing the latest Parisian fashions, starting a trend that continues in the building to this day, Richard died here in 1788 and was laid out in state for two days, with the public being admitted to view him.
Over the years, the Government made expansive alterations to the property. Francis Johnston, architect of the G.P.O. and St. George's Church, added three groups of buildings around the courtyard for use as a stamp office. There are other examples of Johnston's work nearby on Clarendon Street, with the Clock tower and Bell.
Monday - Friday: 10am - 6pm
Thursday: 10am - 8pm
Saturday: 9am - 6pm
Sunday: 12 - 6pm
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