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Basic Site Details

Name: Midlothian County Council Buildings
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Parish:  
Status: B Listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Competition assessed by W W Robertson. 20 entrants in total.

Cost: c.£40,000.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Lothian Chambers  
Item 2 of 2Lothian Regional Chambers  

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 3George IV BridgeYes 
Item 2 of 3High StreetYes 
Item 3 of 3Parliament SquareYes 

Events

The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 418991905  
Item 2 of 41899  Competition
Item 3 of 41900 Design exhibited 
Item 4 of 41950 AdditionWarrant granted to Midlothian County Council to erect an additional storey to their offices at the estimated cost of £50,000

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 15Hippolyte Jean BlancArchitect 1899 Placed fifth in competition
Item 2 of 15James Macintyre HenryArchitectA18991905Placed fourth in competition but was selected for the job
Item 3 of 15Thomas Forbes MaclennanArchitectA18991905As assistant to James Macintyre Henry (in 1902 was engaged in drawing 1/2 and f.s. details) : design placed fourth in competition but was selected for the job
Item 4 of 15Thomas Tolmie PatersonArchitectB1899 Placed fifth in competition (entered jointly with Victor Daniel Horsburgh)
Item 5 of 15Victor Daniel HorsburghArchitectB1899 Placed fifth in competition (entered jointly with Thomas Tolmie Paterson)
Item 6 of 15David McArthyArchitectC1899 Placed third in competition (entered jointly with John Watson)
Item 7 of 15George Mackie WatsonArchitectC1899 Placed third in competition (entered jointly with John Watson)
Item 8 of 15John WatsonArchitectC1899 Placed third in competition (entered jointly with McArthy & Watson)
Item 9 of 15McArthy & WatsonArchitectural practiceC1899 Placed third in competition (entered jointly with John Watson)
Item 10 of 15Alexander Lorne CampbellArchitectD1899 Competition design - awarded first premium but not the commssion
Item 11 of 15J N Scott & A Lorne Campbell (or Scott & Campbell)Architectural practiceD1899 Competition design - awarded first premium but not the commssion
Item 12 of 15John Nichol ScottArchitectD1899 Competition design - awarded first premium but not the commssion
Item 13 of 15William Bonner HopkinsArchitectH1899 Competition entry - not successful
Item 14 of 15William Birnie Rhind AAfter 18991905Sculpture
Item 15 of 15William DowArchitect c. 1899 Competition design - not successful

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 8Academy Architecture1900 part 1 pp84, 85 (J Macintyre Henry), 86 (Scott & Lorne Campbell design), 87 (Paterson & Horsburgh); 88 & 90 for Blanc designs
Item 2 of 8Academy Architecture1903 Part 1 p107 (J Macintyre Henry, Birnie Rhind, sculptor)
Item 3 of 8Academy Architecture1905 part 1 p74-77
Item 4 of 8Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp183
Item 5 of 8Harper, Roger H1983Victorian Architectural Competitions: An Index to British and Irish Architectural Competitions… London: Mansell Publishing 
Item 6 of 8RSA1900   505 (J Macintyre Henry); 513, 535 & 560 (Paterson and Horsburgh); 559 & 566 (H J Blanc)
Item 7 of 8RSA1905   478
Item 8 of 8Who's Who in Architecture1914   For George Mackie Watson entry

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 6BuilderEarly 1899LXXVI pp371 & 384
Item 2 of 6BuilderLate 1899LXXVII pp108, 372 & 396
Item 3 of 6Builder17 November 1950  p516
Item 4 of 6Edinburgh Evening News12 July 1899  p6
Item 5 of 6Scotsman10 April 1899  p6 Invitation to architects to submit designs
Item 6 of 6Scotsman20 July 1899  p6

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register27674 
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers James Macintyre Henry: Thomas Forbes Maclennan F v14 p77 no895 (microfilm reel 11); A v15 p110 and F no 1981 microfilm reel 16

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