Civic Trust House

Address:50 Pope's Quay

This beautiful Queen Anne house at 50 Pope’s Quay dates from around 1700-30. It is the oldest house in Cork and is considered one of the finest historic buildings in the city. It is reputed to have originally been built for Richard Boyle, the 4th Earl of Cork, nicknamed the “Apollo of the Arts” though it seems doubtful he ever lived here. In a poetic twist, some three hundred years later it has become a real home for the arts in Cork.

The house became dilapidated in the 1980s and was taken over by Cork City Council. Cork Civic Trust took on the restoration of 50 Pope’s Quay as its first major conservation project under the supervision of Jack Coughlan and associates.

Since 2006 it is home to professional arts organisations – currently in residence are: ARTlifeCULTURE, Corcadorca Theatre Company, Cork Arts Support Team, Cork Film Centre, Cork Folk Festival, Cork International Choral Festival, Cork Jazz Festival, Cork Midsummer Arts Festival, Cork Orchestral Society, the Irish Association of Youth Orchestras, Ó Bhéal and Suisha Inclusive Arts, thanks to the support of Cork City Council.

Looking into Georgian Windows

Join leading conservation architects and conservation engineers for a deep look into Georgian windows. Civic Trust House is a rare example of early Georgian architecture, dating from around 1730, that was rescued and restored in the late 20h Century by Cork City Council and Cork Civic Trust. It is now home to some of Cork's leading arts organisations. 

2pm to 2.10pm Welcome to Civic Trust House (Nicki ffrench Davis, Building Manager, Arts at Civic Trust House)

2.10-2.45 The Development of Georgian Windows (Gareth O'Callaghan, JCA Architects)

2.45pm to 3.40pm Ratio and the Golden Mean in Georgian Window Design (Christopher Southgate, Southgate AssociatesThis talk will include a short walk to 11 Emmet Place.

3.45pm to 4pm Refreshments

4pm to 4.30pm Conservation & Repair of Sash Windows (Oisin Creagh, Design Forum Architects)

4.30pm to 5pm Panel Discussion & Audience Q&A, Chaired by Ashleigh Murray (Executive Architectural Conservation Officer, Cork City Council)

Free ticketed event, booking at