Dublin city officials are planning to remodel the city’s historic building and make it more accessible for the elderly.
Dublin City Council will begin a process to build a new master bathroom in the city centre on the banks of the River Liffey, following a request from the Architectural Institute of Ireland (AI).
It is the first major renovation project to be undertaken by Dublin City Council since the city was built in 1783.
Dubai City Council’s Chief Architectural Officer, Philip O’Connell, said the building, which sits on the site of the old City Hall and is one of the oldest buildings in the area, was “worth preserving and should be a part of our city’s future”.
He said the project would include the renovation of several floors and the restoration of the facade to a more modern appearance.
Dubles first master bathroom, completed in 1876, has been on the market since the early 1990s.
Dubliners’ favourite bath was once one of five locations chosen by the architect Joseph McGovern in 1882 to host his “Houses of the People” exhibition, which featured the city of Dublin and the local area.
He planned to build five rooms on the ground floor, each with a bathtub and a bathroom in it.
Mr O’Donnell said the design of the original master bathroom was “a classic and unique building” that should be preserved.
The renovation would add a new floor and facades and would include a new door, windows, and roof terrace.
Mr McGovern was the first architect to receive a medal for his work in the building.
Dub’s own City Hall, which is now the University of Dublin, is the citys first major landmark and it has been vacant since the mid-1990s.
Mr Eoin O’Reilly, Dublin City councillor for the area of Kilkenny, said he was pleased to see the city embark on such a project.
Dubliner residents, especially those who live near the new master bathrooms, were keen to see their favourite city hall restored and that it would “change the character” of the area.
Dubling Mayor, Councillor Eoin Doyle, said it was “quite a big undertaking” and that he hoped the city would be able to complete it in time for Christmas.
He said there would be a series of public meetings to discuss the project with residents.
He also expressed confidence that the project will attract more investment in the future.