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Traditional houses from the Irish Folklife Architectural Drawing Collection

Explore the details of beautiful drawn homes from across Ireland surveyed in the 1930s and 1940s


We invite you to explore a rare and engaging record of traditional Irish homes.  View below a selection of beautifully drawn and illustrated ground plans, elevations, crayon drawings and watercolours of houses from the Irish Folklife Collection of architectural drawings at the National Museum of Ireland - Country Life.

Discover the materials, craftsmanship and design details of houses surveyed in the 1930s and 1940s. The earliest drawings are the work of Åke Campbell (1891-1957) and Albert Nilsson (later Eskerod) (1904-1987). Both were Swedish scholars of traditional architecture and were the first to systematically study the Irish traditional house in the 1930s.  In the summers of 1943, 1944 and 1945 students from the School of Architecture at University College Dublin other undertook surveys of traditional houses in five coastal villages in counties Dublin, Galway, Louth, Waterford and Wexford. The students were generously given access by the home owners to record house interiors and exteriors.  Robin Walker, later a leading modernist architect was one of students involved. 

Swedish Ethologists : Architectural Drawings of Irish Traditional Houses

Swedish Ethologists : Architectural Drawings of Irish Traditional Houses

Explore detailed surveys of Irish homes drawn in the 1930s

Lusk, Co. Dublin : Architectural  Drawings and Watercolours of Traditional Houses

Lusk, Co. Dublin : Architectural Drawings and Watercolours of Traditional Houses

Explore detailed surveys of Irish homes drawn in 1943

Curracloe, County Wexford: Architectural Drawings of Traditional Houses

Curracloe, County Wexford: Architectural Drawings of Traditional Houses

Explore detailed surveys of Irish homes drawn in 1944