Basic Site Details

Name: Edinburgh Municipal Art College
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: A listed
Grid ref:
Notes: EDINBURGH.—At the last Dean of Guild Court, plans were passed for the new Municipal Art Schools at the Cattle Market, Lauriston. Mr J M Dick Peddie is the architect, and it is estimated that the buildings will cost £40,800. The site of the school is the north part of the market, and the building will be in the form of a parallelogram, measuring 370 feet by 126 feet. There will be an access from Lauriston Street and another from Lady Lawson Street. There will be two internal courts, separated by the centre clock, which will contain the main staircase, and all the buildings surrounding these courts will be two stories high, excepting the west wing, which will be one story high. Over the main entrance there will be on the first floor a hall 60 feet by 30 feet. The building will bo treated in the simplest manner possible. The hewn work will be of red stone, and the rest of the wall surfaces of rubble from Hailes Quarry.[Building News 31 May 1907 p 753]

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Edinburgh College of ArtYes 

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Edinburgh Municipal Art College, Lauriston PlaceYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 319061908  
Item 2 of 31967 ProposedDevelopment plan - intially to involve Schools of Town Planning and Sculpture.
Item 3 of 312 July 1968 Alteration/conversionScottish education department has authorised college governors to proceed with Phase 1 of alterations to main college building.


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 6George Washington Browne A19061907 
Item 2 of 6James Forbes Smith A19061908As assistant to John More Dick Peddie
Item 3 of 6John More Dick Peddie A19061908 
Item 4 of 6John Wilson A19061908As assistant to Peddie, may have contributed a lot to the design
Item 5 of 6Peddie & Washington Browne A19061907 
Item 6 of 6Charles Peter Womersley (known as Peter Womersley) H1967 Development plan drawn up - intially to involve Schools of Town Planning and Sculpture.

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Child Structures

This structure or site has the following component or child structures (click on an item to view details):
 Building NameNotes
Item 1 of 1Edinburgh college of Art, central administration building 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 4Caswell McDowell, Dawn2002Drawings on the past: the Edinburgh College of Art (1906-1915) Architectural Heritage XIII, pp128-134 
Item 2 of 4Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp258
Item 3 of 4RIBA1970RIBA Directory 1970   
Item 4 of 4Rowan, Alastair Too good for Glasgow: the Edinburgh College   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Builder12 January 1907XCII  
Item 2 of 4Builder21 March 1908XCIV  
Item 3 of 4Building12 July 1968  p139
Item 4 of 4Building News31 May 1907  p753

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 4Edinburgh City ArchivesEdinburgh Dean of Guild1907/05/06 
Item 2 of 4Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register27974 
Item 3 of 4National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDick Peddie and McKay Collection DPM 1900/44/2
Item 4 of 4RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers James Forbes Smith: L v11 no656 (microfilm reel 33)