Newman House in Dublin 2

Newman House is located in Dublin 2 (county of Dublin )

Address: 85-86 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2
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Phone: 01 4779810
E-mail: ruth.ferguson@ucd.ie

Newman House, the original home for UCD, comprises three buildings – two Georgian town houses and a Victorian hall. The two townhouses, Numbers 85 and 86 St Stephen’s Green are notable for their fine interiors and splendid plasterwork. Number 85 built in 1738 as a private house for Hugh Montgomery was designed by Richard Castle and is in the palladian style. The German born architect Richard Castle was one of the most prolific architects in Ireland in the first half of the eighteenth century and amongst many other buildings he designed Carton House, Co. Kildare; Leinster House, Dublin and Russborough House, Co. Wicklow. Number 85 was the first stone faced house on St Stephen’s Green and has superb stuccowork by the Swiss Lafranchini brothers. The Apollo Room on the ground floor contains plasterwork scenes of the nine muses of the arts with a depiction of the Apollo Belevedere above the fireplace. The Saloon on the first floor has a wonderful ceiling with classical scenes of good government and prudent economy and is one of the best eighteenth century interiors in Ireland. On the 21st February 2005, UCD launched the International Centre for Newman Studies (ICNS). ICNS is an academic centre established by UCD in partnership with the Newman Foundation of Ireland. Its objective is to facilitate study and scholarly research into the life, times and work of John Henry Newman, the founder of the Catholic University of Ireland, subsequently University College Dublin. Newman House is currently used as a unique event venue as well as being available for guided tours of its rich history and architecture. It also houses various UCD administrative and other units including the UCD Press, RAI Dictionary of National Biography, Irish Folk Music and the Knowth Project.


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