PHIBSBORO village is soon to get a protected status from Dublin City Council as an Architectural Conservation Area.
The mainly Victorian centre of the north city suburb will have legal protection from "inappropriate development" in the future.
This means that building owners will now be subjected to tight controls if they want to make any changes to their properties in the village.
The area under protection stretches from the junction of the North Circular Road and Phibsboro Road, known as Doyle's corner (above) after the pub of the same name, according to a report in the Irish Times.
This covers St Peter's Church where Cabra Road and the North Circular Road meet, to Berkeley Road near the Mater Hospital.
However, the conservation area excludes Dalymount, which the council is currently in negotiations to buy from Bohemians football club.
The protection area also does not cover the greying 1960s shopping centre in the centre of the town.
The rules surrounding Architectural Conservation Areas are particularly strict when it comes to new shop fronts being installed.
Any developer or building owner will have to apply for planning permission for alterations or repairs such as painting front walls a different colour, altering shop fronts or chimneys, installing double glazing and even cleaning walls of historic buildings.
In situations where there are existing modern signs and structures concealing older shopfronts, these should be removed.
"Every effort should be made to uncover original features to expose their original architectural quality," the council said.
They have noted that the use of reproduction, "traditional style" shop fronts should generally be avoided, the council said.
Instead, it would encourage "good-quality modern shopfronts" with a "crisp, simple and streamlined design".
Phibsboro largely developed around the second half of the 18th century.
Most of the remaining historic buildings are late Victorian, with some Edwardian properties and a number of Georgian houses near St Peter's Church.
The area is associated with a number of authors - James Joyce spent two years of his childhood in a house on St. Peter's Road and Iris Murdoch was born and lived for a short time in Blessington Street.
A masterplan to guide the future development of the village was drawn up in 2007 which proposed developing a potential boutique hotel in Mountjoy prison as well as new parks and leisure facilities as well as primary and secondary schools.