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National Ballroom

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Located on the north side of Parnell Square & now vacant (2011), this house was last used by the Irish National Union of Vintners, Grocers & Allied Trades Assistants, & locally remembered as the location of the famous National Ballroom which was constructed in the 1940s & operated till the 1970s in a building behind Nos. 20 & 21. The house was built by Thomas Sherwood & Joseph Reid, as part of what was called Palace Row overlooking the New Gardens (now The Garden of Remembrance). The square was developed by Dr. Bartholomew Mosse who conceived the idea of the Lying-In Hospital (Rotunda Hospital) to be funded by entrance fees & subscriptions to the gardens. The north side of the square stands out for its uniformity & is a rare example of a coordinated planned development of Georgian Dublin where Charlemont House was symmetrically placed among a regimented terrace with matching detailing & scale, making a marked contribution to the overall composition of the square & the setting of Charlemont House. This house is notable for its rusticated stone ground floor, similar to some of its neighbours, & the fine continuous balcony to the first floor. The intact steps to the entrance, & the plinth, gate & railings to the basement area all contribute to a most intact building which forms part of one of Dublin’s best urban Georgian spaces.

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