1887 – Cottage Home for Little Children, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin

Architect: William Kaye-Parry


The Cottage Home in Kingstown, now Dun Laoghaire was a home for children under six years of age, whose parents were, for whatever reasons, unable to provide a home for them. Each child wass partly supported by the parent or guardian, and partly from the funds of the institution. Kaye Parry was on the board of the charity and gave his services free of charge.

The new 1887 building was in a cottage style with its name, “The Cottage Home for Little Children” incised along the front. The building was designed to accommodate forty or fifty children in residence, while some of the very young children were boarded out with suitable foster mothers.

“New buildings are about to be erected at Royal Terrace, Kingstown, to meet the growing needs of the charity. The materials to be used are rubble masonry for the walls, and red pressed facing bricks for the dressings. The walls will be cemented and finished with special crushed mineral dashing from the Flintshire mines. The accommodation includes day and dining rooms, each 24 ft. by 18 ft., with class-rooms, dormitories, &c. Special attention has been paid to the heating, lighting, and ventilation; adequate means are provided for the introduction of warm, fresh air, and for the removal of products of respiration and combustion. The architect is Mr. W. Kaye Parry, M.A., 42 Dame-street, Dublin.”