Basic Site Details

Name: Normal College (later University Staff Club)
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
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Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 5Chambers House  
Item 2 of 5Charles Stewart HouseYes 
Item 3 of 5Edinburgh University Staff Club In the 1950s/1960s
Item 4 of 5Normal School  
Item 5 of 5University of Edinburgh Women's Union  

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 19-16, Chambers StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 518781879  
Item 2 of 519071912Alterations and additions 
Item 3 of 519511952Alterations and additions 
Item 4 of 519571959Alterations and additionsMajor alterations
Item 5 of 51959 Completionpart of Edinburgh tour in May 1959


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 9David RhindArchitect 18781879Elevation conforms to David Cousin's design for street in having French roofs, but is otherwise of characeristic late Rhind design
Item 2 of 9James Bow DunnArchitectB19071912Alterations
Item 3 of 9A H Mottram & SonArchitectural practiceD19511952Alterations
Item 4 of 9Alfred Hugh MottramArchitectD19511952Alterations
Item 5 of 9Peter Burnett CairdArchitectE19551957Major alterations - job architect with Basil Spence & Partners
Item 6 of 9Peter WilliamsArchitectEAfter 1957 Major alterations - worked on the project after Peter Caird, for Basil Spence & Partners
Item 7 of 9Basil Spence & PartnersArchitectural practiceEMid 1950s1959Major alterations
Item 8 of 9John 'Archie' DewarArchitectEMid 1950s1959Major alterations - working for Basil Spence & Partners
Item 9 of 9John Hardie GloverArchitectEMid 1950s1959Major alterations- designed staff club as partner in charge of Basil Spence's Edinburgh office per Builder p912


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


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Braidwood, Niall C1988Dunn and Findlay and The Scotsman Building RIBA Dissertation 1988p175
Item 2 of 3Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp223
Item 3 of 3RIBA1975RIBA Directory of practices   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder16 March 1878XXXVI  
Item 2 of 3Builder22 May 1959  'Notes of the Week' p912
Item 3 of 3Scotsman1 May 1883  Obituary of David Rhind

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 5DMW ArchiveDavid Rhind List of Works, from Ian Gow  
Item 2 of 5Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register27991 
Item 3 of 5National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDunn and Findlay Collection EDD/918/1-12 12 sheets drawings
Item 4 of 5RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Peter Burnett Caird F no6853 (combined Box 163); John Hardie Glover: F no5473 (combined box 81)
Item 5 of 5Sent to DSA by emailInformation from AHRC/RCAHMS Spence project per David W Walker and Clive Fenton Clive Fenton's research notes (sent July 2010): information on 'Archie' Dewar's, Peter Williams' and Peter Caird's involvement.