Number 3 Henrietta Street

This study was carried out while researching the architecture of Georgian Dublin, and won the Irish Georgian Society’s 2012 Conservation Award in the CAD drawing category.The building, an exemplar of the Georgian Dublin townhouse, was built by Owen Wynne MP sometime around 1755. The building is a masterclass in the use of proportion, skilfully composed to principles developed during the Georgian era.

Proportion as a mathematical concept relates a building to the scale of the human figure. Used since antiquity, and developed during the Renaissance and later by eighteenth century Palladians, it related a building’s plan, section and elevation to each other.

The room dimensions in 3 Henrietta Street are set out to specific proportions, reflecting certain musical proportions which have harmonious characteristics.

Detail of the Rococo ceiling in Number 3 Henrietta Street.

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