Narrow House


Saturday 30th 11:00-13:00
Please note: due to the size of the house, tours will be restricted to 4 people at one time.
This tour is not suitable for children under 10 years.
No high heels are permitted.

As with most of the buildings on Red Abbey Street, this house is on Cork City Council’s Record of Protected Structures. It is described by locals as ‘the narrowest house in Cork’. The house was probably built in the late 18th Century together with its sister house no. 21, although its floors were raised in the 1820s. After years of poor maintenance, full refurbishment works began in 2010. This included a new roof, a ground floor slab, new doors and windows, insulation and lime plaster as appropriate. The design aimed to respond to the unique challenges of the house – 2.6 metres at its widest, a small 45m² spread over three floors and a dark ground floor – while making the most of its original qualities and surviving features: double orientation, south facing front facade, doors, architraves and staircase. Bespoke joinery and furniture were designed to maximise storage space and internal windows were installed to provide long views through the whole house.

Designed by: Unknown, Solène Vermont
Date: Originally built c. 1790-1820, refurbished 2015
Location: 20 Red Abbey Street

Photograph courtesy of the owner