The Palladian style of architecture you see at Strokestown owes a huge amount to classical Roman styles and to one Venetian architect!
Andrea Palladio (1508-1580) evoked Roman traditions in a series of churches he designed in the 16th century, and his ideas caught on throughout Europe.
Palladio’s passion for classical symmetry and strict proportions looks timeless to us today, but it was definitely a fashionable choice when Strokestown House was on the drawing board!
The design of Strokestown House
Like many of Ireland’s great houses, Strokestown House was remodelled over time. The centre block was completed in 1696. The house was then extended, in around 1730, by the famous architect Richard Cassels. He added the wings that you see at Strokestown today.