A grass roots campaign began in February 2011 after the former Dublin Skin and Cancer Hospital was vandalized. In the heart of Dublin’s Georgian City ( on world heritage site tentative list), this neglected landmark building highlights Ireland’s endangered built heritage, post boom. An alliance of concerned citizens, artists, architects and building professionals is exploring proactive solutions to revitalize this building and others- Get involved- and help breath life back into Dublin’s historic core.
Hume street, off St. Stephen’s green, Dublin, Ireland, dates from 1768 and is the scene of two battles to save Dublin’s Georgian city , one in 1969/70 and the other now unfolding…The disused Hospital, victim of Ireland’s banking crisis, is for sale and faces an uncertain future. (tender deadline MAY 25th Download brochure). Latest news – it’s SOLD
- The former Hospital has a 100 year history of service to the people of Dublin
- This historic street has lost too much already and is need of revitalization
Concerns have been raised in the past to the legal owner and to AIB (who hold the loan). Emergency maintenance is needed to treat the encroaching dry rot which threatens this 250 year old “protected structure”.
Suggestions for reuse may interest potential buyers and investors, including a creative, innovative HUB which would give back socially and to the economy. Many international studies show that finding appropriate and sustainable reuse is one of the best ways to save historic buildings. Check out our beta proposal
2011-2012 Save Hume Street from destruction campaign
The former Dublin Skin and Cancer Hospital (see in google street view below), housed in six interconnecting Georgian buildings and vacant for six years, was vandalized and stripped by metal thieves in February 2011, causing serious water damage. Most of the lead flashing was stolen. Following a mainly online campaign, the roof was fixed after four months, but it has not been maintained since.
If sold it could stay neglected for years waiting for redevelopment and be beyond viable repair, just the facade retained. It’s not just the loss of history – buildings like this attract criminal behaviour, bring down the neighborhood and are victims of accidental fires and arson. The old Skin and Cancer Hospital needs a new breath of life so it can revitalize this street. read more