Basic Site Details

Name: Old High School
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Parish:  
Status: B Listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Was the Surgical Hospital from 1832.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 6City Hospital  
Item 2 of 6Edinburgh Dental School  c1984 - 1994
Item 3 of 6Edinburgh University, Archaeology DepartmentYes1995
Item 4 of 6Edinburgh University, Engineering Department 1905
Item 5 of 6Edinburgh University, Geography DepartmentYes1931-1984
Item 6 of 6Surgical HospitalYesFrom 1832

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 112, Infirmary StreetYes 

Events

The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 61777 Build/construction 
Item 2 of 61905  Remodelling for the University of Edinburgh
Item 3 of 6c. 1920  Details of lettering taken from lintel placed over doorway
Item 4 of 6July 1949 AdditionWarrant granted for the erection of store and installation of laboratory.
Item 5 of 61962 Proposed'It has been proposed to keep the old High School building, although in fact only its facade is worthy of preservation'. (University of Edinburgh, 1962)
Item 6 of 6c. 1980 Alteration/conversionConversion to University department

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 9Alexander LaingArchitectA1777  
Item 2 of 9(Sir) Robert Rowand AndersonArchitectA1905 Remodelling for the University of Edinburgh
Item 3 of 9Rowand Anderson & PaulArchitectural practiceA1905 Remodelling for the University of Edinburgh
Item 4 of 9James McLellan FairleyArchitectB1920 Details of lettering taken from lintel placed over doorway
Item 5 of 9Leadbetter, Fairley & ReidArchitectural practiceB1920 Details of lettering taken from lintel placed over doorway
Item 6 of 9Robert Stirling ReidArchitectB1920 Details of lettering taken from lintel placed over doorway
Item 7 of 9James George Cordiner C1949 To erect store and install laboratory.
Item 8 of 9Works Department for the University of Edinburgh C1949 To erect store and install laboratory.
Item 9 of 9Thomas HenneyArchitectSc. 1980 Conversion of building to University department, cost 27,000

Clients

The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
 NameNotes
Item 1 of 1University of EdinburghClient for 1970s/80s conversion

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 1City Hospital, geriatric unit 

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2RIBA1981Directory of Practices 1981   
Item 2 of 2University of Edinburgh 1962University of Edinburgh Comprehensive Development Area University of Edinburgh p6

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder1 July 1949  p26
Item 2 of 2Scots Magazine1777  pp332-4. Unsigned engraving

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 5Edinburgh City ArchivesEdinburgh Dean of Guild  
Item 2 of 5Edinburgh University LibraryAnderson Collection (Plans and drawings)  
Item 3 of 5Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register27999 
Item 4 of 5National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSCowie and Seaton Collection CSE 1920/146/1
Item 5 of 5Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of ScotlandCanmore183473