Open House Dublin took place from October 17th to 19th, 2014 and showcased over 100 amazing locations around the city. Presented by the Irish Architecture Foundation, this event featured places like the former residence of the Guinness family, Farmleigh House, the Airbnb and Yelp HQs, and even the US Embassy.
Of all the options, I was most intrigued by one Victorian building I’d passed many times before: the Wholesale Fruit and Vegetable Market. Dating back to 1892, this building is still running as a wholesale market — usually open before we’re awake to notice!
I was thrilled to learn that the Dublin City Council is in the process of upgrading this amazing space and plans to open it to the public as a retail food market, one similar to Borough Market in London. This is at least a year away, but after seeing the plans they have for the site, I’m sure it will be worth the wait!
Here is the main entrance to the building, with the city’s coat of arms supported by two female statues at the top.
This is the inside of the market, where you can see the progress of stripping an repainting the ceiling. The white colour is new, and the brown colour dates back to the 1950s.