Basic Site Details

Name: General Post Office
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Parish:  
Status: A listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Cost 80,000.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Waverley Gate  
Item 2 of 2WaverleygateYes 

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 210B, Calton RoadYes 
Item 2 of 2Waterloo PlaceYes 

Events

The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 518591865  
Item 2 of 51890  Large extension
Item 3 of 519071910Alterations and additionsExtension and remodelling of public office.
Item 4 of 51965 Alterations and additions 
Item 5 of 5May 1999 Alteration/conversionDevelopment Company, Raglan Developments, unveiled plans to convert the former GPO building to a 250 bed luxury hotel. Unclear if executed.

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 15Andrew Kerr (senior)ArchitectA18591865Working under Robert Matheson in H M Office of Works, Edinburgh
Item 2 of 15H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)Architectural practiceA18591865 
Item 3 of 15Robert MathesonArchitectA18591865 
Item 4 of 15Charles Altamont DoyleArchitectAAfter 1859Before 1865Working under Robert Matheson in H M Office of Works, Edinburgh
Item 5 of 15Thomas Smith Peace (senior)ArchitectAAfter 18591865Working under Robert Matheson in H M Office of Works, Edinburgh
Item 6 of 15H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)Architectural practiceB1890 Large extension with Robertson as architect for Scotland in the Office of Works
Item 7 of 15Walter Wood RobertsonArchitectB1890 Large extension as architect for Scotland in H M Office of Works, Edinburgh
Item 8 of 15David Webster RobertsonArchitectC19071910Extension and remodelling of public office - Oldrieve as architect for Scotland in the Office of Works
Item 9 of 15H M Office of Works (later Ministry of Works, Department of the Environment and Property Services Agency)Architectural practiceC19071910Extension and remodelling of public office - Oldrieve as architect for Scotland in the Office of Works
Item 10 of 15William Thomas Oldrieve (sometimes William Thomas Oldgrieve)ArchitectC19071910Extension and remodelling of public office - Oldrieve as architect for Scotland in the Office of Works
Item 11 of 15Eric Hall & Partners (Eric W Hall & Partners)Architectural practiceD1965 Alterations to public office
Item 12 of 15Eric Walker HallArchitectD1965 Alterations to public office
Item 13 of 15John Ernest Douglas Sanderson (or Douglas Sanderson)ArchitectD1965 Alterations to public office
Item 14 of 15Peter Burnett CairdArchitectD1965 Alterations to public office
Item 15 of 15William Alistair MillerArchitectD1965 Alterations to public office

References

Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
 Author(s)DateTitlePartPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdpp 436-437
Item 2 of 2RSA1859   693

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 6Builder15 February 1865XXIII Completion
Item 2 of 6Builder18 February 1865XXIII  
Item 3 of 6Builder9 April 1892LXII  
Item 4 of 6Builder2 May 1908XCIV  
Item 5 of 6Edinburgh Evening News27 May 1999   
Item 6 of 6Scotsman27 December 1886  p6 - obituary of Andrew Kerr

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register27631Waterloo Place and North Bridge and 10 Calton Road, Waverlygate (Former General Post Office)
Item 2 of 2RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers David Webster Robertson: L v25 no2074