Basic Site Details

Name: 453-461 Lawnmarket, Robbie Burns Land
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Parish:  
Status: B listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Also includes 2 Lady Stair's Close.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Crudelum University Hall  
Item 2 of 2Wardrop's Court  

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2475-79, Lawnmarket Known as 'Burns Land'
Item 2 of 2453-61, LawnmarketYes 

Events

The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 31892 Reconstruction 
Item 2 of 31894  First occupied
Item 3 of 319891991RestorationExternal restoration and partial internal rehabilitation of a group of three tenements, comprising a total of twenty seven flats and three shops, including re-instatement of missing features at the chimney heads, replacement of missing terracotta detailing to the first floor balustrade and glazed tiling at Wardrop’s Close. Dating from the seventeenth century, Burns Land was extensively remodelled in the early 1890s by Patrick Geddes as part of his ‘conservative surgery’ in the Old Town.

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 5David Wishart GallowayArchitectA1892 Probably assisted Capper
Item 2 of 5Geddes & CapperArchitectural practiceA1892 Rebuilding incorporating earlier fabric
Item 3 of 5Patrick Geddes A1892 Rebuilding incorporating earlier fabric - with Stewart Henbest Capper as architect
Item 4 of 5Stewart Henbest CapperArchitectA1892 Rebuilding incorporating earlier fabric
Item 5 of 5Dennis Graham RodwellArchitectC19891991External restoration and partial internal rehabilitation of a group of three tenements, comprising a total of twenty seven flats and three shops, including re-instatement of missing features at the chimney heads, replacement of missing terracotta detailing to the first floor balustrade and glazed tiling at Wardrop’s Close. Dating from the seventeenth century, Burns Land was extensively remodelled in the early 1890s by Patrick Geddes as part of his ‘conservative surgery’ in the Old Town.

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 5Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp197
Item 2 of 5Glendinning, M, MacInnes, R and MacKechnie, A1996A History of Scottish Architecture  p560
Item 3 of 5Johnson, Jim and Rosenburg, Lou2010Renewing Old Edinburgh: the Enduring Legacy of Patrick Geddes Glendaruel: Argyll Publishingpp116-118
Item 4 of 5Rodwell, Dennis2007Conservation and Sustainability in Historic Cities Blackwell 
Item 5 of 5RSA1894   507

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4Courtesy of Dennis RodwellInformation sent to Dictionary Sent 2012
Item 2 of 4Edinburgh City ArchivesEdinburgh Dean of Guild 8 June 1893
Item 3 of 4Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register29229Listing for 453-463
Item 4 of 4Professor David M Walker personal archiveProfessor David M Walker, notes and collection of archive material