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The Irish Architectural Archive

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45 Merrion Square, Dublin City Centre, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
T: +353(0)16633040
E: coriordan@iarc.ie

The Irish Architectural Archive was established in 1976 to collect and preserve material of every kind relating to the architecture of the entire island of Ireland, and make it available to the public.

The Irish Architectural Archive, Ireland’s buildings record and drawings collection, is located in No. 45 Merrion Square, one of the great Georgian houses of Dublin. Built for the speculative developer Gustavus Hume in the mid 1790s and situated directly across Merrion Square from Leinster House, this is the largest terraced house on the Square and is the centrepiece of its East Side. Light-filled, spectacularly-proportioned, interconnected reception rooms on the piano nobile of this Georgian palazzo offer a range of venues and facilities: meeting rooms for up to twenty; multi-media lecture facilities for up to 55, banqueting space for up to 80, and receptions for up to 250. Whether the event is a meeting, a conference with breakout sessions, or a private or corporate reception, the Irish Architectural Archive’s beautifully graceful spaces provide Georgian elegance in the heart of Dublin.

Available facilities

Lecture Room:
A large well-proportioned space, the Lecture Room faces onto Merrion Square and can accommodate seated audiences of up to 55 people. The room contains a lectern, a sound system (including amplification for speakers) as well as equipment for single point slide projection and multi-media projection. Wi-Fi is also provided. Perfect for individual talks or presentations, the Lecture Room, with the ancillary spaces on the first floor, is also ideal for symposiums and conferences.

Rachel MacRory Meeting Room:
Ideal for board or committee meetings, the Rachel MacRory Meeting Room comfortably accommodates meetings for up to 20 people. Portable digital projection is available and the room has free Wi-Fi. Proximate to the lecture room, the Rachel MacRory Meeting Room can also be configured for breakout sessions or hospitality. A picture-hanging system allows for bespoke decoration of the room.

Model Room:
As with the Rachel MacRory Meeting Room, the Model Room is ideal for board or committee meetings, or as an ancillary venue to other meetings or lecture events. A picture-hanging system allows for bespoke decoration of the room.

Piano Nobile Suite:
As all three spaces on the piano nobile of No. 45 Merrion Square interconnect, they provide a gracious and elegant environment for day-time events, from corporate lunches to book launches, or evening receptions for up to 250 guests.

Toilets and cloakroom facilities are located in the Archive basement. The Archive is universally accessible.