Dublin Fanlights

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Georgian houses in Dublin are relatively plain with little ornamentation. Typically, the front is fairly plain brickwork, only broken up by long windows. In these houses, the main decorative feature tends to be the door and the semi-circular fan-light, which present an opportunity for some individuality.

Fanlights are, as the name implies fan-shaped windows above the front door which illuminate an otherwise dark hallway. In Georgian times, natural light, candles and oil
lamps were the only means of lighting the darker parts of houses, such as the hallways. They’re both a functional and a decorative feature and in Dublin there are many different designs.

During my latest visit to the city, due to the weather I didn’t spend much time wandering around the streets but even a short walk in the streets to the south of the Lifffey takes you past plenty of Georgian squares and streets. I spotted this rather unusual example near to the RHA Gallery.

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During a relatively short walk, I snapped a number of other examples – all different.

This is a relatively simple example

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A much bigger window with a more complex pattern

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This one is a little like a spider’s web

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This one is really fancy

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This one has a glass box built into it which would hold a lamp or candle to light the outside of the house

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As does this one – a grander version

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