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Basic Site Details

Name: Villas, Mortonhall Road
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: A Listed
Grid ref:
Notes: No 33 was built for Kinross himself.

The four houses at Mortonhall Road (one on the corner 14 Oswald Road), designed en suite were built for Andrew Thomson, of Bannockburn. There were originally only intended to be three (see Dean of Guild, 13/5/1897) leaving one of the four plots blank, but the architect chose to squeeze in No 33, the fourth house named Seven gables, for himself once the money proved to be forthcoming (Dean of Guild 12/8/1897). The villas were avant-garde in their restraint, the degree of comfort and convenience provided throughout and in the modern interpretation of the 17th century Scottish style. No 33 was named Steven Gables and was the most lavishly appointed of the group and cost more than 4,268 to build. The designs were exhibited at the RSA and their influence was wide. All are of fire-proof construction and have terraced gardens falling steeply to the suburban railway cutting.

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 231-35, Mortonhall RoadYes 
Item 2 of 214, Oswald RoadYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 11898(?)   


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 4Bailey Scott MurphyArchitectA1898 As assistant to John Kniross
Item 2 of 4Harold Ogle TarboltonArchitectA1898 HS suggests he may have designed the plasterwork in no 33
Item 3 of 4John KinrossArchitectA1898  
Item 4 of 4Kinross & TarboltonArchitectural practiceA1898  


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 3Barton, john Fraser of William Barton & sons, plumbersClient for no 14 Oswald Road
Item 2 of 3Kinross, JohnBuilt no 33 for himself
Item 3 of 3Thomson, AndrewOf Herd's Brae, Bannockburn - client for other villas


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 1Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp599

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 6Edinburgh City ArchivesEdinburgh Dean of Guild 13/5/1897, 12/8/1897, 31/3/1898, 2/6/1898. Further plans in private hands.
Item 2 of 6Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register30577No 31
Item 3 of 6Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register30578No 33
Item 4 of 6Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register30579No 35
Item 5 of 6Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register30589No 14 Oswald Road
Item 6 of 6RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Bailey Scott Murphy: L v19 no 1476


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