The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham, W of Dublin city centre.
The "Garden Lodge", built perhaps c.1730,
is thought to be
Sir Edward Lovett Pearce,
designer of the Irish Houses of Parliament.
It is a pretty little turreted house at the end of the formal gardens to the N.
You go down the stone steps into the garden, lodge at far end.
Two turrets, pointed roof, spiral staircase in RHS turret, gate into small enclosed stone yard at back.
Over the wall beyond it is St John's Rd, the dual carriageway running along past Heuston Station (the Garden Lodge is visible from the Dublin-Galway train).
[O'Brien and Guinness, 1994] say it was "originally a garden banqueting house".
Liam Cosgrave called it "the steward's or gardener's house", "The ruin of this house can be seen from St. John's Rd".
The Royal Hospital was
handed to Free State 1922.
The remaining pensioners left and the hospital closed 1929.
It fell into decay in the mid-20th century.
It was finally restored.
Beautiful restoration of main building finished 1984, like a new building suddenly arose in Dublin.
Although the interior was gutted to house the Irish Museum of Modern Art.
Garden Lodge beautifully restored 1991.
Also called the "Garden House".
The Royal Hospital and the Garden Lodge.
Insert on John Rocque's map of Dublin, 1757.
The Garden Lodge, N end of the garden of the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham.
On 1829 to 1842 map.
The road along the side and back of the garden seems to be a private road into the Royal Artillery Barracks to the W.
This barracks was later called Islandbridge Barracks, and then Clancy Barracks. It is now closed and being re-developed.
The Garden Lodge on map of c.1850 from askaboutireland.ie.
The railway has now been built.
The old barracks road is cut off.
The Garden Lodge on 1887 to 1913 map.
The old barracks road has been removed.
The Garden Lodge. Satellite view.
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From Google Maps.
The Garden Lodge (centre) in the formal gardens of The Royal Hospital, Kilmainham.
Photo from the SW (looking NE) 2000.
Short movie about the Royal Hospital, Kilmainham.
From Dublin City Public Libraries.
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