Basic Site Details

Name: Commercial Bank of Scotland, Head Office
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Parish:  
Status: A Listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Walter Gowans Builder. 19,700 for site. 21,318 for building. Cost of marble columns 1,424 (1885).

Alternative Names

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

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 214, George StreetYes 
Item 2 of 2Rose StreetYes 

Events

The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 1118431847  
Item 2 of 114 June 1844  Foundation stone laid
Item 3 of 1118451873 Plans for internal details (Rhind)
Item 4 of 111860  Addition of lodges on Rose Street
Item 5 of 111867  Roof repair, 195
Item 6 of 111872  Alterations
Item 7 of 111873  Drainage scheme, 180
Item 8 of 1118831885 Alterations to main banking hall, marble colums and mosaic floor
Item 9 of 111903  Alterations to top flat
Item 10 of 111930  Furniture designs
Item 11 of 1119321933 Internal alterations

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 8David RhindArchitectC18431847 
Item 2 of 8David RhindArchitectB1860 lodges added (Rose Street side)
Item 3 of 8David RhindArchitectD1867 Various repairs and additions
Item 4 of 8David RhindArchitectE1872 Various repairs and additions
Item 5 of 8David RhindArchitectF1873 Various repairs and additions
Item 6 of 8Arthur George Sydney MitchellArchitect 18831885Alterations to main banking hall, marble colums and mosaic floor
Item 7 of 8John Fraser MatthewArchitectA1930 Furniture designs
Item 8 of 8Lorimer & MatthewArchitectural practiceA1930 Furniture designs

Clients

The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
 NameNotes
Item 1 of 1Commercial Bank of Scotland 

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp300
Item 2 of 3Hay, D R1847The Laws of Harmonious colouring  p145
Item 3 of 3Jackson, S H1971The George Street Office Edinburgh of the Royal Bank of ScotlandNo 92 Dec 1971The Three Banks Review 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5Builder1 May 1847V  
Item 2 of 5Builder27 November 1847V  
Item 3 of 5Builder26 December 1885XLIX p888
Item 4 of 5Illustrated London News18 July 1846   
Item 5 of 5Scotsman3 April 1847   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 9Edinburgh City ArchivesEdinburgh Dean of Guild  
Item 2 of 9Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register28862 
Item 3 of 9National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDick Peddie and McKay Collection Rhind's working drawings
Item 4 of 9National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSLorimer and Matthew Collection LOR E/159
Item 5 of 9National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSSydney Mitchell & Wilson Collection SMW/1880/16/1-9 (for some Rhind and Sydney Mitchell work)
Item 6 of 9RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Drawings Collection James Wyatt's competition designs
Item 7 of 9RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers George Wilson: F v19 p89 no 1396, microfolm reel 12
Item 8 of 9Royal Bank of Scotland Group ArchivesCommercial Bank Board Minutes 15 August 1867, 17 June 1872, 6 March 1873. 14 May 1885, 4 june 1885
Item 9 of 9Royal Bank of Scotland Group ArchivesCommercial Bank Drawings Collection CS/91/1-7 (some Rhind and Sydney Mitchell drawings and 1930s plans)