Architecture


Architecture is the design of buildings and other structures. In the broadest sense, this includes the whole of our built environment, from urban design, landscape architecture and building design down to architectural features such as doorways and street furniture.

The architectural heritage of County Laois includes:

Great country houses such as Ballyfin House, Stradbally Hall and Emo Court

Emo Court

Other houses, doorways and streetscapes

Georgian doorway, Mountmellick (photo Dominic Reddin)

Georgian doorway, Mountmellick (photo Dominic Reddin)

Vernacular buildings, including thatched houses, forges and farm building

Thatched house in traditional farmyard, the Heath, Laois (Photo James Fraher)

Thatched house in traditional farmyard, the Heath, Laois (Photo James Fraher)

 

Public buildings such as churches, courthouses and railway stations

Mountmellick Courthouse

Mountmellick Courthouse

Street furniture, including letter boxes, milestones and pumps

Boundary stone on the Kildare - Laois boundary (Photo NIAH)

Boundary stone on the Kildare – Laois boundary (Photo NIAH)

Industrial heritage, including canals, mills and bridges

Dunrally Bridge over the Barrow near Vicarstown (Photo buildingsofireland.ie)

Dunrally Bridge over the Barrow near Vicarstown (Photo buildingsofireland.ie)

Designed landscapes including Heywood gardens and many of the demesne landscapes including Abbey Leix and Ballyfin

Abbey Leix estate

Abbey Leix estate

Several buildings of architectural and historic importance are owned by Laois County Council. Programmes to conserve and revitalise many of these buildings, including Donaghmore Workhouse, have been completed or are underway.

Many elements of the architectural heritage of Laois are included in the Record of Protected Structures detailed in the Laois County Development Plan.

The garden heritage of County Laois is also described in a booklet, available to download below or by contacting the Laois Heritage Office.

Historic Environment Viewer

The Historic Environment Viewer is a new on-line digital service provided by the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.   It has been developed to enhance the user’s experience by facilitating access to the databases of the National Monuments Service Sites and Monuments Record (SMR) and the National Inventory of Architectural Heritage (NIAH) in a seamless one-stop point of access for both built heritage data resources.  The viewer is capable of being accessed on the majority of browsers and platforms, including smart phones.

 

Laois Garden Trail Laois Garden Trail Booklet