OLD HISTORIC AREA
Henrietta place (built in the 1720s as part of the development of Henrietta Street) is a laneway off Henrietta Street and it is often used as a rat-run for cars travelling at speed and and for that reason I would advise walking along it at night and it also attracts a degree of anti-social activity. In the 1930s, the Dublin Corporation demolished most of the houses on Henrietta Place and built a social housing complex in their place. The complex, which is known as Henrietta House, is still in use today.
Henrietta House is a significant example of social housing architecture in Ireland. It was designed by Herbert Simms, who was one of the leading architects of social housing in the early 20th century. Simms’ design for Henrietta House is characterised by its simple, functional form and its use of red brick.
Henrietta Street is located off Bolton Street on the north side of the city. It was first laid out and developed by Luke Gardiner, the First Earl of Mountjoy, in the 1720s. A very wide street relative to streets in other 18th-century cities, it includes a number of very large red-brick city palaces of Georgian design.
Henrietta Street was once one of the most fashionable addresses in Dublin, and was home to many wealthy merchants and professionals. However, the street declined in status in the 19th century, and by the early 20th century, it had become a slum.
In recent years, Henrietta Street was the subject of a major conservation project, and many of the houses on the street were restored.
One of the most notable buildings on Henrietta Street is 14 Henrietta Street, which is now a museum. The museum tells the story of the street’s history, from its early days as a fashionable address to its later years as a slum.