Dublin's City Assembly House is an 18th century building of artistic and architectural history. It is currently being restored as a cultural venue to host exhibitions, musical performances and other events.
Built in the 1760s, the City Assembly House possesses the first purpose built public exhibition room in Ireland or Britain and possibly in the whole of Europe.
For 20 years after its opening, the works of Ireland’s greatest 18th century artists were shown in the building and during this time it also served as an academy for the arts. For the first half of the 19th century the building was used by Dublin Corporation as City Hall, during which time it played an essential political role.
Daniel O’Connell, The Liberator, presided over meetings as Lord Mayor in its exhibition room and is reputed to have delivered the finest speech of his career there.
Having served as a museum for much of the 20th century and having been unused for the last ten years, the City Assembly House is now being restored by the Irish Georgian Society in partnership with Dublin City Council as a cultural venue on one of Dublin’s most exciting and vibrant streets.
The City Assembly House is also the starting point for architectural tours, every Tuesday, of Dublin’s domestic and civic architecture.