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In addition to its splendid public buildings, Dublin is particularly rich in domestic architecture of the 18th century. Fine Georgian mansions, many of them with historical association, lends elegance to the city's wide streets and spacious squares.
Most of the streets in the centre of Dublin were laid out in the Georgian era of the 18th and early 19th centuries but in most cases the original buildings have been replaced at some stage. However in the southeast section of the city centre, around Baggot Street, Merrion Square and Fitzwiliam Square, most of the original townhouses remain. The elegant streets with their colourful doors are still popular with the city’s lawyers and estate agents as offices and the area is well worth a wander.
You can get an in-depth description of Dublin's architecture at Irish Architecture Online.
Walking Tour of Dublin's Georgian District - This walk provides great views of some 18th century buildings.
Please browse this informative webpage on Georgian Dublin
For those interested in exploring the city's architecture in more depth and finding places to visit, the Dublin City Council website has a useful set of links dealing with Dublin's historical and contemporary architecture.
The quality of the city's architecture is playing a key role in Dublin's bid to be designated World Design Capital 2014. The bid website has information on current architecture events as well as events for all the other design disciplines from graphic design to software design. This can all be seen at the bid website http://www.pivotdublin.com/.