Basic Site Details

Name: University of Edinburgh, King's Buildings, Geology Department
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: B Listed
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Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 2Faculty building  
Item 2 of 2University  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2Mayfield RoadYes 
Item 2 of 2West Mains RoadYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 519291931  
Item 2 of 5November 1929 Tenders submitted 
Item 3 of 5December 1931 CompletionBuilding ready for occupation
Item 4 of 5October 1951 Alteration/conversionWarrant granted University Court of Edinburgh University to alter building at a cost of 6,000
Item 5 of 513 March 1959 Scheme accepted'extension to Geology block' per Builder p529


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 3John Fraser MatthewArchitectA19291931 
Item 2 of 3Lorimer & MatthewArchitectural practiceA19291931 
Item 3 of 3James George Cordiner  1951 For alterations


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1University Court of Edinburgh UniversityFor alterations 1951


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Glendinning, Miles2008Modern architect: the life and times of Robert Matthew RIBA Publishingp36
Item 2 of 3Hussey, Christopher1931The Work of Sir Robert Lorimer KBE, ARA, RSA London: Country Lifep89
Item 3 of 3Savage, Peter1980Lorimer and the Edinburgh Craft Designers Edinburgh: Paul Harris Publishing, 1980 (also paperback ed, London & Edinburgh: Steve Savage, 2005)p143

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder22 November 1929  p896 - tenders
Item 2 of 3Builder26 October 1951  p570
Item 3 of 3Builder13 March 1959  p529

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 5Edinburgh City ArchivesEdinburgh Dean of Guild 15 (or 25?) October 1929
Item 2 of 5Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register28004 
Item 3 of 5National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSLorimer and Matthew Collection LOR E/103
Item 4 of 5RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers John Fraser Matthew: L no3904 (box 18)
Item 5 of 5University of EdinburghDepartment of Geology Archive Plans, 20 June 1929