Basic Site Details

Name: National Monument
Town, district or village: Calton Hill
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
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Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Calton HillYes 

Events

The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 51843 ProposedDrawing showing conjectural restoration of the National Monument.
Item 2 of 51907  Scheme for completion
Item 3 of 51912 Design exhibitedScheme for completion
Item 4 of 51949 Alteration/conversionDevelopment proposed for Festival of Britain celebrations
Item 5 of 519961997Proposed15-20million scheme for a large self supporting all-glass structure as a landmark millenium project. Works to include refurbishment of the existing observatory complex, provision of a visitor centre, landscaping and public transport.

The glass structure is designed to be interactive, with coloured laser displays to suit performances.

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 9William Henry PlayfairArchitectF18241829In collaboration with C R Cockerell
Item 2 of 9Charles Robert CockerellArchitectG18241829 
Item 3 of 9George Meikle KempArchitectB1843 Sketch showing conjectural restoration of the National Monument
Item 4 of 9Henry Francis KerrArchitect 1907 Scheme for completion
Item 5 of 9(Sir) Frank Charles MearsArchitectA1912 Scheme for completion - with Ramsay Traquair
Item 6 of 9Ramsay TraquairArchitectA1912 Scheme for completion - with Frank Mears
Item 7 of 9Alan ReiachArchitectD1949 Scheme of development proposed for Festival of Britain celebrations
Item 8 of 9Dewhurst MacfarlaneEngineering practiceE1996 Scheme for a large self-supporting glass structure, "landmark" millenium project.
Item 9 of 9Edinburgh City Architect's Department (Edinburgh Corporation)Architectural practiceE1996 Scheme for a large self-supporting glass structure, "landmark" millenium project.

Clients

The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
 NameNotes
Item 1 of 2Lothian and Edinburgh Enterprise Ltd (LEEL)for unexecuted 1996/7 scheme
Item 2 of 2The City of Edinburgh Councilfor unexecuted 1996/7 scheme

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Mitchell, William, SSC The Edinburgh Parthenon and Scottish National Gallery: an appeal to the Scottish people Privately circulated printed proposals 
Item 2 of 2RSA1912   450, 504

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Architects Journal17 October 1996  p14
Item 2 of 2Caledonian Mercury30 September 1843   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4Edinburgh University LibraryPlans43 
Item 2 of 4National Library of ScotlandManuscript CollectionMS 352, ff164-87Also correspondence with C R Cockerell in MS 639
Item 3 of 4National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSAlan Reiach Collection AR 41/1-3
Item 4 of 4Personal Post-War Archive (held at ECA)Miles Glendinning edin misc. articles post 1975 non hsg

"Your Opinion Counts: Renaissance of Calton Hill"
Edinburgh City Council booklet for exhibition held at 12 Blenheim Place, Edinburgh from 12/10/1996-17/10/1996