Newman House consists of two splendidly restored Georgian houses located within five minutes walk of Grafton Street. They contain examples of Dublin's finest eighteenth-century plasterwork. Built as the townhouses of two wealthy Irish landowners, the houses are richly ornamented with spectacular plasterwork walls and ceilings.
Built less than thirty years apart (1738 and 1765), they vividly illustrate the dramatic development in Irish stucco from the later baroque style to fully-fledged Irish rococo. The unique union of an early Georgian townhouse and a later Georgian residence was brought about in the Victorian period when both houses were acquired by the Catholic University of Ireland, the precursor of today's University College Dublin. The building is named in honour of the University's first rector Cardinal John Henry Newman. In 1989 U.C.D. began an ambitious restoration of Newman House which has returned much of the building to its original Georgian grandeur.
Location. 85-86 St. Stephen's Green, Dublin 2.
Bus. 10, 11, 13, 14, 14a, 15a, 15b from south side.
Phone. +353 1 7067422
Fax. 353 1 7067211
Opening Hours. Tuesday–Friday 12pm-5pm. Saturday 2pm-5pm, Sunday 11am –2pm.