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Basic Site Details

Name: Freemasons' Hall
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: A Listed
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Notes: David Bryce building demolished; Listing refers to new building on same site.

Alternative Names

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

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 196-98, George StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 318581859 Original building
Item 2 of 31906 Demolition 
Item 3 of 31911  New building by A Hunter Crawford


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 4David BryceArchitectA?18581859Original building? - unclear whether Bryce Senior involved or whether it was in fact purely the work of his nephew and namesake, who at least superintended the work
Item 2 of 4David Bryce (junior)ArchitectA?18581859Original building; unclear whether in independent practice or as superintendent under his uncle and namesake
Item 3 of 4Alexander Hunter CrawfordArchitect 19091912New building
Item 4 of 4Henry Snell Gamley  c. 1912 Statue of St Andrew (first floor centre)


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Grand Lodge of Freemasons of Scotland1909-12 rebuilding


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Architects Engineers and Building Trades Directory1868Architect's, Engineer's and Building Trades' Directory London, WymanAttributes entirely to David Bryce Junior, but it is possible that he was working in collaboration or as assistant to his uncle
Item 2 of 4Gunnis, Richard Dictionary of British Sculptors, 1660-1851   
Item 3 of 4Lyon, D Murray1900A History of the Lodge of Edinburgh (Mary's Chapel)No 1 p389
Item 4 of 4RSA1911   433 for Crawford's design

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5Building News27 May 1910  p722
Item 2 of 5Edinburgh Evening Courant25 June 1858   
Item 3 of 5Edinburgh Evening Courant10 February 1859   
Item 4 of 5Edinburgh Evening Courant25 February 1859   
Item 5 of 5Illustrated London News5 March 1859  Illustration

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Edinburgh City ArchivesEdinburgh Dean of Guild 9 April 1858
Item 2 of 3Grand Lodge of ScotlandHall Committee Minutes  
Item 3 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register30024 


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