Basic Site Details

Name: Scottish National Zoological Park Aquarium
Town, district or village: Corstorphine
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
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Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Edinburgh Zoo AquariumYes 
Item 2 of 2The Zoological Park, Edinburgh - Carnegie Aquarium  

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

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

Events

The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 2c. 1926c. 1927  
Item 2 of 21980s Alteration/conversionEntrance building, reconstructed from A N paterson's Aquarium Building where the humidity had affected the steelwork and reinforcement making it unsafe.

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 5Thomas Smith (junior)ArchitectB  Entrance building, reconstructed from A N paterson's Aquarium Building where the humidity had affected the steelwork and reinforcement making it unsafe.
Item 2 of 5Thomas Smith, Gibb & PateArchitectural practiceB  Entrance building, reconstructed from A N paterson's Aquarium Building where the humidity had affected the steelwork and reinforcement making it unsafe.
Item 3 of 5A N Paterson & StoddartArchitectural practiceA19241927Appointed after competition but later modified the design
Item 4 of 5Alexander Nisbet PatersonArchitectA19241927Appointed after competition but later modified the design
Item 5 of 5Donald McKay StoddartArchitectA19241927Appointed after competition but later modified the design

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Parent Structure and Site

This structure is related to the following parent structure or site (click the item to view details):
 Building nameNotes
Item 1 of 1Scottish National Zoological ParkThe Royal Zoological Society of Scotland was founded in 1909 by Thomas Gillespie, an Edinburgh lawyer. Within four years the Society has sufficient support and funding to purchase an 85 acre site to the west of Edinburgh, for 17,000, with assistance from Edinburgh City Council. Gillespie took for his model the so-called 'open zoo' at Hamburg, designed by Carl Hagenbeck. Instead of bars and cages, Edinburgh Zoo was designed from the outset to have large, open enclosures, using ditches and moats to separate the animals from the visitors.

By April 1913 Patrick Geddes, and his son-in-law Frank Mears had prepared a Report and preliminary plans for laying out the zoological gardens, and work on construction of the pools for polar bears and seals, aviaries, and enclosures for wolves, monkeys bars and lions was commenced immediately. Edinburgh Zoo was opened to the public on 22 July 1913, and was incorporated by Royal Charter later that year.

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts1928   741 & 755
Item 2 of 4RSA1924   555 (original design)
Item 3 of 4RSA1925   677
Item 4 of 4RSA1927   Details as built

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Scotsman17 May 1947  Obituary p3

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Courtesy of Thomas Smith IIIInformation sent to David Walker