The Georgian House

1 Oct

Although I was unable to attend the museum excursion this past week, I was able to go on an official tour of a Georgian house. It was the weirdest thing I have ever seen for the sole fact that everything was so separated. I could not imagine being a child and having to live on the top floor, completely isolated from my parents and from the rest of the house. The top floor also had the smallest windows, so I would have felt as though it were a dungeon. When the tour began, the first thing we saw was the pantry and the maids quarters. It was so dark and far away from the rest of the house, even worse than the children’s rooms. I was surprised, however, to see how large the rooms were. From the outside, the house looks very small and cramped, but inside all of the rooms, even the maids rooms, were large and spacious. The bottom level was my favorite part of the tour because I love seeing old kitchens and how difficult it was for the maids to even boil water or cook a meal. Another thing about this level was the way the owners of the house would contact the maid. Since it was rude to yell, the owners upstairs in the house would ring a bell as a signal for the maid to come. Since there were so many levels of the house, each floors bell had a different sound, and even a different shape. I thought that was extremely interesting and creative. 

Once I arrived on the main floors of the house, the rooms were bright and full of color and patterns. Each room had crazy wallpaper and patterned carpets. They also each had elegant drapes and paintings to add character to each room. There was one painting, in the foyer, the was of Howth, back in the day. It was fascinating to see the transition from then to now, even in how it was depicted on the canvas. All of the furniture was wood, and not fake wood like we use today, but real dark wood with amazing detail that was probably hand carved. Walking through the house, it was obvious that a person of status lived there. Each room has a purpose in a Georgian house and the women knew exactly which room to be in at what time. They even had a room just to get changed! The whole thing was completely different from our society today, but in a way, it was so similar because it was obvious somebody of power lived there. Walking through the house was like walking through a time machine, and it was amazing to see old-day Dublin in its prime. I would go back in a heartbeat. 

Since photography was not allowed in the Georgian house we went to, I posted a photo of the most photographed Georgian door and a plaque that talks about the restoration of Number 29, the Georgian house we toured. 

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