An Introduction to the Architectural Heritage of Dublin North City showcases the city’s architectural heritage from the medieval period up to the present day. Many of the buildings will be familiar, but some are rarely seen by the public, including the wonderful Baroque interior of the chapel of the Rotunda Hospital and the galleried interior of the old Broadstone Railway Station.
Because of its historical poverty, the north inner city is sometimes seen as architecturally inferior to the south inner city. For instance, commentators often focus on Fitzwilliam Square and Merrion Square, ignoring the comparable quality of Henrietta Street, North Great George’s Street, Mountjoy Square and Parnell Square. “The Northside” also contains many of the city’s architectural highlights – the Custom House; the GPO; the Four Courts; fine churches of all denominations; grand houses; and public buildings. The canals and railways which frame the north city have also left a legacy of fine architecture while Michael Scott’s Busarás, completed in 1953, marked the arrival of full-blown International Modernism in Ireland.