• For Sale
  • GBP 2,587,431 
  • Build Size: 5,844 ft2
  • Property Type: Other Residential
  • Bedroom: 5
  • Bathroom: 3
  • Half Bathroom: 1
This is a rare and exciting opportunity to acquire one of Georgian Dublin's most authentic and historic residences on the south/west side of one of Dublin's premier Georgian squares.As the property has remained in the same family ownership since 1922 (see history below) it has remained largely unaltered and as a result has retained its numerous notable period features, including its original mantlepieces, magnificent ornate ceiling cornice-work and centre roses.The stunningly elegant proportions are evident throughout the five floors and are particularly noticeable on the hall, first and second floors, affording the discerning purchaser a very special opportunity to create one of Dublin's finest Georgian residences, combining the elegance and character of a bygone era, with the modern conveniences and comforts of today (subject to p.p.)What makes the sale of No. 28 so very special is that it is being sold fully intact as it includes the original coach house at the rear, which fronts onto Kingram Place. Despite the fact that the coach house is now in derelict condition, it still retains some of its charming original features, such as its stalls and loft accommodation and accordingly could (subject to p.p.) be restored to create a beautiful guest lodge or home office. The fact that the original site is fully intact, also allows for private off-street parking to the rear.Situated towards the Pembroke Street end of Fitzwilliam Square South, the property enjoys the most desirable position on the square, as it is undoubtedly the quietest side, enjoys a wonderfully sunny south/west orientation at the rear and of course overlooks the magnificent mature trees and spacious lawns of Fitzwilliam Square itself. Residents of the square who become members of the Fitzwilliam Square Association have access.The prime position of the property makes it the perfect choice for those wishing to live with the extensive amenities of Dublin, virtually on its doorstep.Just some of these amenities include the extensive speciality shops, cafes, restaurants, boutiques of Leeson Street and Pembroke Street, Merrion Square etc., numerous 5 star hotels, such as The Shelbourne, The Merrion, The Conrad and The Westbury Hotel. Grafton Street, the city's premier shopping street is also within a pleasant stroll, as are the extensive recreational facilities of St. Stephen's Green, Merrion Square, The National Concert Hall, National Art Gallery, National History Museum and Trinity College.THE HISTORY: After a century of ownership, the guardianship of this beautiful Georgian home will be passed on to new owners, who will acquire not just a wonderful residence, but a house rich in provenance.Fitzwilliam Square was constructed over a 40-year period between 1790 and 1830. The south side was the last to be built, and a guidebook of the time appealed strongly that this side should not be built, so that people living on the other sides of the square would have an uninterrupted view of the Dublin hills!Dating from approximately 1828 and built under a lease granted by the Pembroke Estate by a Wexford merchant, Clement Codd, this remarkable house has the unique distinction of being the only Georgian house of the squares in Dublin to consistently remain as a private residence throughout the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.The battle to maintain this house as a private residence hasn't always been an easy one, as instanced in 1895 when the Pembroke Estate fought a successful, rear guard legal action to ensure that No. 28 wasn't turned into a private hospital by the tenant of the day. This beautiful square of Georgian houses, correct in every classical detail, overlooks the wonderful communal gardens. Thackeray described these gardens as 'a noble place, the garden of which is full of flowers and foliage'.In 1897, the house was purchased by Denis Henry, a Catholic Unionist who subsequently became a Westminster MP for ‘Londonderry South' from 1916. He was later appointed Attorney General for Ireland from July 1919 – July 1921. In July 1921 he stepped out of politics and became Chief Justice of the newly created Northern Ireland State, and left Fitzwilliam Square behind to move North. In December 1921, Denis Henry instructed Battersby & Company Auctioneers to advertise the house for sale in the Irish Times. On 17th December the following advertisement appeared:‘Superior residence containing 5 reception and 6 bedrooms, garden, coach-house and stable'At the time, the late Charlie Meenan was a child living with his family nearby in 66 St. Stephen's Green. His parents, James and Mary, responded to the Irish Times advertisement by purchasing the house in early 1922 for £500 and moving their young family to this larger home which has remained a family residence ever since.In the 1969 winter edition of the periodical review Studies, the late Charlie Meenan wrote a seminal article on the history of the Georgian squares of Dublin, in which he said:‘The squares are zoned for preservation and let us hope that the City Fathers will make sure that nothing is done to impair their symmetry or their beauty.'Over 50 years have passed, and these hopes have been honoured, and his and his late wife Liobháin's guardianship of No. 28 have played a part in the preservation movement of the last half century.No. 28 has been preserved as a timeless, traditional, private residence, and includes the original coach house, which is now in a dilapidated state, but retains features of the original horse stables. While the entire property requires modernisation, its original features, and the integrity of its original form, to include the coach house, present a rare opportunity to acquire a substantial family residence in one of the most beautiful parts of Dublin.
Simon Ensor Sherry FitzGerald
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