Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, Dublin 2
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.
The Powerscourt Centre is a fine example of Dublin's Georgian architecture; the house is unique in showing the transition from rococo style to neo-classic under one roof. Meldon, in his 'Views of Dublin' (1779) said the house ' may be considered in point of consequence of appearance and architectural embellishment, as the third private edifice in Dublin.'
The house has become a regular test for students of architecture.
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