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Basic Site Details

Name: University of Edinburgh, Medical School and McEwan Hall
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Parish:  
Status: A listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Roof engineered by David Monro Westland.

Cost of 1953-57 extension £2,560,000

Alternative Names

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

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 2Faculty building  
Item 2 of 2University  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 3Middle Meadow WalkYes 
Item 2 of 3Teviot PlaceYes 
Item 3 of 3Teviot RowYes 

Events

The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 1018741875Competition designWon in limited competition.
Item 2 of 1018761886 Medical School built
Item 3 of 101884 Design exhibited'University extension'
Item 4 of 1018871897 Graduation Hall (McEwan Hall) built
Item 5 of 1019531957Won award or awardsWon competition for school extension. Phases 1-4 then carried out intil 1957.
Item 6 of 1019581960AdditionS extension. Perhaps at this time also added the central medical library.
Item 7 of 1019801982Build/constructionPaving of forecourt to E
Item 8 of 1019881996ProposedProposals and listed building consent for major regeneration project at McEwan Hall - Lottery funding application.
Item 9 of 1019932003Feasibility study drawn upStudies of conservation issues and long-term viability of hall, with proposals for integrating it with Medical School. Aim was to create new visitor focus for University and to anticipate types of use for redundant teaching and research spaces in due course. Work on hold while funds raised etc. Also proposals for linking upper levels of McEwan Hall and a suite of spaces to W - whoch resulted in design studies for sequence of gallery spaces for permanent collections and touring exhibitions.
Item 10 of 1020002002SurveyComplete measured survey of Old Medical School - used by University Works Department for renovation work in phases - resulted in a set of decanting plans used in complex time series neede for relocation.

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 35(Sir) Robert Rowand AndersonArchitectA18741875Won in limited competition and secured job
Item 2 of 35James Maitland WardropArchitectB18741875Competition design - not successful
Item 3 of 35Wardrop & ReidArchitectural practiceB18741875Competition design - not successful
Item 4 of 35Charles George Hood KinnearArchitectC18741875Two competition schemes
Item 5 of 35John Dick PeddieArchitectC18741875Two competition schemes
Item 6 of 35Peddie & KinnearArchitectural practiceC18741875Two competition schemes
Item 7 of 35(Sir) Robert Rowand AndersonArchitectD18761886Medical School built
Item 8 of 35George Mackie WatsonArchitectD18761886Medical School - as apprentice/assistant/chief assistant to Robert Rowand Anderson
Item 9 of 35George Miller CunninghamArchitectD1876(?) Engaged as structural engineer by Robert Rowand Anderson
Item 10 of 35Fredric Berkeley-MillerArchitectD18771879Medical School - as assistant to Robert Rowand Anderson
Item 11 of 35Thomas Rollo Walker MossmanArchitectD18781886Medical School - as apprentice/assistant to Robert Rowand Anderson
Item 12 of 35Anderson & BrowneArchitectural practiceD18811883Medical School built
Item 13 of 35Wardrop, Anderson & BrowneArchitectural practiceD18831885Medical School built
Item 14 of 35Wardrop & AndersonArchitectural practiceD18851886Medical School built
Item 15 of 35(Sir) Robert Rowand AndersonArchitectE18871897McEwan Hall built; also lantern pillar
Item 16 of 35George Mackie WatsonArchitectE18871897McEwan Hall - as chief assistant to Robert Rowand Anderson
Item 17 of 35Joseph Marr JohnstonArchitectE18871890McEwan Hall - as assistant to Wardrop & Anderson
Item 18 of 35Victor Daniel HorsburghArchitectE18871894McEwan Hall - as apprentice and assistant to Robert Rowand Anderson
Item 19 of 35Wardrop & AndersonArchitectural practiceE1887 McEwan Hall built; also lantern pillar
Item 20 of 35John Stuart SymeArchitectE18881896(?)McEwan Hall - as apprentice/assistant to Robert Rowand Anderson
Item 21 of 35James Lindsay GrantArchitectE18901896McEwan Hall - as junior assistant to Robert Rowand Anderson
Item 22 of 35David PeacockArchitectEc. 1893(?)c. 1896(?)McEwan Hall - as assistant to Robert Rowand Anderson
Item 23 of 35Arthur Forman Balfour PaulArchitectFAfter 1903Before 1933Reconstruction of Medical School
Item 24 of 35Rowand Anderson & PaulArchitectural practiceFAfter 1903Before 1933Reconstruction of Medical School
Item 25 of 35Scott Morton & Co (later Scott Morton & Tynecastle Co Ltd; finally Scott Morton Ltd)Architectural practiceFAfter 1903Before 1933Interior work on reconstruction of Medical School, instructed by Balfour Paul
Item 26 of 35James George Cordiner G1938 Scheme drawn up - not built
Item 27 of 35John Ross McKayArchitectH19391940Scheme drawn up - not built because of war
Item 28 of 35Walter Neil Wilson RamsayArchitectU19531957Won competition and Phases 1-4 carried out.
Item 29 of 35C J McNair Elder & Ramsay T19581960S extension. Perhaps at this time also added the central medical library.
Item 30 of 35Walter Neil Wilson RamsayArchitectT19581960S extension. Perhaps at this time also added the central medical library.
Item 31 of 35Andrew MackieArchitectS19801982Paving of forecourt to E. Job architect.
Item 32 of 35Percy Johnson-Marshall & AssociatesArchitectural practice, Planning ConsultancyS19801982Paving of forecourt to E
Item 33 of 35Edward TaylorArchitectU19881996Proposals and listed building consent for major regeneration project at McEwan Hall - Lottery funding application.
Item 34 of 35Edward TaylorArchitectT19932003Studies of conservation issues and long-term viability of hall, with proposals for integrating it with Medical School. Aim was to create new visitor focus for University and to anticipate types of use for redundant teaching and research spaces in due course. Work on hold while funds raised etc. Also proposals for linking upper levels of McEwan Hall and a suite of spaces to W - whoch resulted in design studies for sequence of gallery spaces for permanent collections and touring exhibitions.
Item 35 of 35Edward TaylorArchitectT20002002Complete measured survey of Old Medical School - used by University Works Department for renovation work in phases - resulted in a set of decanting plans used in complex time series neede for relocation.

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Child Structures

This structure or site has the following component or child structures (click on an item to view details):
 Building NameNotes
Item 1 of 1Edinburgh University Medical School, Department of Surgery annexe 

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 7Fenton, Clive2002A Century of Change in George Square, 1876-1976v5, nsBook of the Old Edinburgh Club, 2002, pp35-81pp35-81
Item 2 of 7Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdpp245-6
Item 3 of 7Graves, Algernon1905The Royal Academy of Arts: a complete dictionary of exhibitors and their works…1905-6London: Graves and Bell1884, no 1236
Item 4 of 7Harper, Roger H1983Victorian Architectural Competitions: An Index to British and Irish Architectural Competitions… London: Mansell Publishing 
Item 5 of 7McKinstry, Sam1991Rowand Anderson, the Premier Architect of Scotland Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Presspp70-1 (illustrates Anderson and Wardrop & Reid designs)
Item 6 of 7RIBA1975RIBA Directory of practices   
Item 7 of 7Savage, Peter1979Edinburgh University's Extension Scheme of 1874pp 95-104Old Edinburgh Club XXX1V pt 2 

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 8Architect26 April 1884   
Item 2 of 8British Architect6 February 1875   
Item 3 of 8British Architect14 May 1881   
Item 4 of 8Builder23 January 1875XXXIII Peddie & Kinnear's designs
Item 5 of 8Builder6 February 1875XXXIII  
Item 6 of 8Builder1877XXXV p328
Item 7 of 8Builder30 April 1887LII McEwan Hall
Item 8 of 8Builder11 December 1897LXXIII Opening of McEwan Hall

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 8Courtesy of Edward TaylorInformation sent via email to Yvonne Hillyard Sent April 2011
Item 2 of 8Edinburgh University LibraryAnderson Collection (Plans and drawings) Drawings (1874-79). Also Wardrop designs.
Item 3 of 8Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register27992Medical School
Item 4 of 8Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register27993McEwan Hall- 15 Bristo Square
Item 5 of 8Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register27994McEwan Lantern Pillar
Item 6 of 8National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDick Peddie and McKay Collection DPM/1807/90/1 Plans only
Item 7 of 8Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material Information on Scott Morton & Co involvement
Item 8 of 8RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Fredric Berkeley-Miller: L no474 (microfilm reel 32); Victor Daniel Horsburgh: F v21 no1473 (microfilm reel 13); Joseph Marr Johnston: L v18 no1372; Thomas Rollo Walker Mossman: L v10 no586 (microfilm reel 32); Arthur Forman Balfour Paul: F no3134 (box 17); John Stuart Syme: L v13 no858; George Mackie Watson: L v21 no1659 & F no2586 (box 6); Walter Neil Wilson Ramsay: F no6398 (Combined Box 136)

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