Article by Frances Power Senior Architect
ISSUE 1- JANUARY 2017
dARTRY LODGE JANUARY 2017 IRISH INDEPENDENT
It's been a very long time since we've seen a set of 'villa' style houses constructed in Dublin 6 - probably about 130 years in fact. The 'villa' design originated on the outskirts of London in the 18th century where the tall city terraces met the detached two storey homes of the country.
Villas are much like a Georgian style two, three or four storey over basement but with just a single storey over the lower ground level. They were seen as a compromise between city and country designs and were usually constructed in pairs adjoining - resulting in the first modern semi-detached house format.
They are generally found in Dublin in parts which were on the cusp of the countryside when they were first built in the 19th century, though, as with other cities, development has long ago passed them by. As a result, most of these 'country' style homes are now located quite centrally.