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Basic Site Details

Name: Edinburgh City Chambers
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: A Listed
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Notes: S J B Morrison and A F Hunt, artists, working with Lorimer on war memorial

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Royal ExchangeYes 

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Public building  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1City Chambers/245-329, High StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 1717531761Build/construction 
Item 2 of 171810 Contracts advertisedFor repairs and alterations
Item 3 of 171839  Alterations for City Chambers
Item 4 of 1718551859 Alterations
Item 5 of 171859  Doorpiece on south end of east range
Item 6 of 17March 1860  Drawings dated - alterations
Item 7 of 1712 January 1863  Drawings dated - wall in Cockburn Street
Item 8 of 17c. 1870  Alterations
Item 9 of 171889  Committee Room A
Item 10 of 1718981899 Rebuilding of west range
Item 11 of 1719001901 New arcaded screen built
Item 12 of 1719011904 New Council Room wing
Item 13 of 171901  Extension at rear (120 feet high)
Item 14 of 1714 June 1901 Foundation stoneRear extension
Item 15 of 17c. 1920  War memorial
Item 16 of 1719321934 Extension of High Street frontage with W & E wings
Item 17 of 1719361938 Internal alterations - vestibule and stairhall, with panelling and stained glass


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 19John AdamArchitectB17531761 
Item 2 of 19John FergusArchitect, SurveyorD17541761Was one of a consortium of architects (the others wer Patrick Jamieson, a mason, and three wrights) who contracted to build the Royal Exchange to the designs of John Adam.
Item 3 of 19Thomas BonnarArchitectM1810 Repairs and alterations - advertisement for tenders
Item 4 of 19Thomas Brown IArchitect 1839 Alterations for City Chambers
Item 5 of 19David CousinArchitectA18551859Alterations
Item 6 of 19John LesselsArchitect 1859 Doorpiece on south end of east range
Item 7 of 19David CousinArchitectK1860 Alterations
Item 8 of 19David CousinArchitectL1863 Wall in Cockburn Street
Item 9 of 19David CousinArchitectBc. 1870 Alterations
Item 10 of 19Robert MorhamArchitectD1889 Committee Romm A.
Item 11 of 19Robert MorhamArchitectC18981899Rebuilding of west range
Item 12 of 19William Beattie-BrownArchitectC18981899Rebuilding of west range - as assistant to Robert Morham
Item 13 of 19John Bryan NisbetArchitectF19001901Arcaded screen - as assistant to Robert Morham, City Architect
Item 14 of 19Robert MorhamArchitectF19001901Arcaded screen
Item 15 of 19Robert MorhamArchitectG19011904Council Room wing
Item 16 of 19Robert MorhamArchitectH1901 Extension at rear
Item 17 of 19(Sir) Robert Stodart LorimerArchitect c. 1920 War memorial
Item 18 of 19Ebenezer James MacRaeArchitectI19321934Extension of High Street frontage with W & E wings
Item 19 of 19Ebenezer James MacRaeArchitectJ19361938Internal alterations - vestibule and stairhall, with panelling and stained glass


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp176-8
Item 2 of 4Gray, W Forbes1938The Royal ExchangeXXIIBook of the Old Edinburgh Club 
Item 3 of 4Miller, R1895The Municipal Buildings of Edinburgh   
Item 4 of 4RCAHMS1996Tolbooths and Town-Houses: Civic Architecture in Scotland to 1833 London: The Stationery Officep86-87

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 9Architect and Building News1930Jul-Dec p27
Item 2 of 9Architect and Building News1932Jan-June p268
Item 3 of 9Architect and Building News1935Jan-Jun p314
Item 4 of 9British Architect16 August 1901  p111 Notes and illustration
Item 5 of 9Builder16 December 1899LXXVII New screen
Item 6 of 9Builder22 December 1900LXXIX New screen
Item 7 of 9Builder22 June 1901LXXX pp612-3 Extension at rear
Item 8 of 9Building News14 June 1901  p796
Item 9 of 9Edinburgh Evening Courant30 August 1810   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 7Edinburgh City Architects plan storeEdinburgh City Architects plans Includes drawings of work by Cousin dated1860 and 1863
Item 2 of 7Edinburgh City ArchivesEdinburgh Town Council Minutes v9 and 230
Item 3 of 7Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register17597 
Item 4 of 7Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register27597 
Item 5 of 7National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDrawings Collection Copies of plans in NMRS
Item 6 of 7National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSLorimer and Matthew Collection LOR E/384
Item 7 of 7RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers William Beattie-Brown: L v16 no1117; Ebenezer James MacRae: F no3192 (box 18); John Bryan Nisbet: L v19 no1484


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