Basic Site Details

Name: Morningside Public Library
Town, district or village: Morningside
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Sculptor: Joseph Hayes.

This branch library for the district of Morningside was erected some little time ago by the Edinburgh Library Committee. It is built of stone with ashlar from Blackpastures, Northumberland. The library consists of a lending department and reading room. The latter is a spacious apartment, square on plan and surmounted centrally by a deeply coffered dome, certain of the panels being glazed with ground and figured glass. The plaster work and modelling was well carried out by Messrs. Mackenzie, of Glasgow. The stone carving was executed by the late Mr Joseph Hayes, an able artist who has lost his life while on active service in the Black Watch. The roof of the front building is slated with large-sized Tilberthwaite slates. The cost of the building was about 5,000, and was designed by the architect to the Corporation, Mr. James A. Williamson, ARIBA. [Building News 7 February 1917. Page 128]

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 31905 Journal referenceInitial proposals
Item 2 of 31913 Design exhibited 
Item 3 of 319131917Construction 


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 3George White A1905After 1910As assistant in City Architect's Office, working under James Anderson Williamson
Item 2 of 3James Anderson Williamson A19051917Williamson mainly responsible (working as assistant in Morham's office at beginning and later as City Architect)
Item 3 of 3Robert Morham A1905 Williamson mainly responsible (working as assistant in Morham's office)


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp620
Item 2 of 2RSA1913   437

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 3Builder18 November 1905LXXXIX  
Item 2 of 3Building News7 February 1917  p128 with plan and illustration of facade
Item 3 of 3RIBA Journal13 July 1935v42London: Royal Institute of British Architectsp1009 - obituary of James Anderson Williamson

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Edinburgh City ArchivesEdinburgh Dean of Guild 28 April 1904
Item 2 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register27616 
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers George White: L v10 no600 (microfilm reel 32)