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Basic Site Details

Name: Watt Institution and School of Arts
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
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Status: B Listed
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Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 4Crown OfficeYes 
Item 2 of 4Heriot-Watt College  
Item 3 of 4Heriot-Watt Institute  
Item 4 of 4Watt Institute  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 125, Chambers StreetYes 

Events

The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 1018721873 or 1874 Adaptation of Cousin design
Item 2 of 101876  Initial design
Item 3 of 101888  Chesser's reconstruction of earlier buildings by Cousin and Rhind with new entrance pavilion.
Item 4 of 101932 *1934 Cowgate extension
Item 5 of 10c. 1939  Unexecuted plans for further extension (proposals abandoned due to outbreak of war)
Item 6 of 10December 1951 ProposedThe Governors of the Heriot-Watt College propose extensions to third section of college
Item 7 of 101952 * Alteration/conversionWarrant granted for demolition of 'existing buildings' and construction of extension, at cost of 300,000
Item 8 of 1014 February 1964 *  Change of status (to independent technical college), and expansion of student numbers, may force transfer to extra-mural site
Item 9 of 1024 July 1964 *  200-acre site on outskirts of Edinburgh being considered for new college site, in 40m replacement scheme
Item 10 of 10c. 2000  MacRae's work demolished for new Sheriff Court

* earliest date known from documented sources.


People

Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 6David RhindArchitect 18721873 or 1874Elevation conforms to David Cousin's design for street.
Item 2 of 6David CousinArchitect 1876 Original design
Item 3 of 6John ChesserArchitect 1888 Reconstruction of earlier buildings with new entrance pavilion
Item 4 of 6Ebenezer James MacRaeArchitect 19321934Extension - blocks fronting the Cowgate - as City Architect
Item 5 of 6Charles E Tweedie & SonArchitectural practiceBc. 1939 Unexecuted plans for further extension (proposals abandoned due to outbreak of war)
Item 6 of 6Charles Edward Tweedie (junior)ArchitectBc. 1939 Unexecuted plans for further extension (proposals abandoned due to outbreak of war)

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp182
Item 2 of 2RSA1888   Chesser's work

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 8Architect and Building News1933Jan-Jun p24
Item 2 of 8Builder7 December 1951  p813
Item 3 of 8Builder25 January 1952  p169
Item 4 of 8Builder14 February 1964  p368
Item 5 of 8Builder24 July 1964  p201
Item 6 of 8Building Chronicle17 January 1876   
Item 7 of 8Building News17 November 1876   
Item 8 of 8RIBA JournalApril 1947v54London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp344 - obituary of Charles Edward Tweedie Junior

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register27981 

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