Basic Site Details

Name: Nelson Hall and Library
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: B listed
Grid ref:
Notes: The two upper flats towards Leith Walk contained a house for the librarian and for the caretaker, entered by a separate stair from Leith Walk.

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2Leith WalkYes 
Item 2 of 22, McDonald RoadYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 119011904  


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 3Henry ('Harry') Ramsay TaylorArchitectA19011904 
Item 2 of 3James LesselsArchitectA19011904 
Item 3 of 3James Lessels and Harry Ramsay TaylorArchitectural practiceA19011904 


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


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 6Builder27 July 1901  p86 - descriptive notes
Item 2 of 6Builder6 February 1904LXXXVI  
Item 3 of 6Building News9 August 1901  pp173-4
Item 4 of 6Edinburgh Evening Dispatch26 September 1900  Original scheme
Item 5 of 6Edinburgh Evening Dispatch13 July 1901  Executed scheme
Item 6 of 6Scotsman12 January 1904  Report of opening

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4Edinburgh City ArchivesEdinburgh Dean of Guild 31 October 1901
Item 2 of 4Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register28986 
Item 3 of 4National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSNewscutting album No 4 complied by Harry Ramsay Taylor  
Item 4 of 4RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Harry Ramsay Taylor: F v18 p29 no1188 (microfilm reel 12)