Basic Site Details

Name: Nelson Hall and West Branch Library
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: Demolished
Grid ref:
Notes: The first of the Nelson Hall and Public Branch Libraries to be erected by the Nelson Trustees in connection with the Public Library Committee has just been completed. The site of the building, which is to be called the Nelson Hall and West Branch Library is at the corner of Murdoch Terrace and Dundee Street. The Nelson Hall occupies the whole of the west side of the building and will be used as a news-room and recreation room. It measures 75 feet long, 33 feet wide and 37 feet high. The library is in the centre of the building. The upper floor consists of a staff workroom, committee room and hall for small meetings. Above this and facing to the south is the caretakerís house. The work has been superintended and carried out by Mr Harry R Taylor, architect, of Messrs Lessels and Taylor. [Builder 22 May 1897 p464]

Since replaced

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 2Library  
Item 2 of 2Public hall  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2Dundee StreetYes 
Item 2 of 2Murdoch TerraceYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 218931895  
Item 2 of 21897 Opened 


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 TaylorArchitectA18931897 
Item 2 of 3James LesselsArchitectA18931897 
Item 3 of 3James Lessels and Harry Ramsay TaylorArchitectural practiceA18931897 


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 2City of Edinburgh 
Item 2 of 2Nelson Trustees 


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder22 May 1897  p464 - opening
Item 2 of 2Edinburgh Evening Dispatch7 August 1895   

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSNewscutting album No 4 complied by Harry Ramsay Taylor  
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers Harry Ramsay Taylor: F v18 p29 no1188 (microfilm reel 12)