Basic Site Details

Name: Gorgie District Public Washouses
Town, district or village: Gorgie
City or county: Edinburgh
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Notes: The Lord Provost, Sir Robert K. Inches, recently opened this building, which is the sixth establishment of the kind erected or yet to be built in the city. Owing to the large proportion of two and three apartment houses of the flatted type in Edinburgh, where domestic washing facilities are not of the best, the public washhouse has become a popular institution, and as the charge of 2d. per hour for the use of the facilities afforded is so moderate, the demand for further buildings in other localities is as yet unsatisfied, being postponed only on account of the war.

Externally the buildings are carried out on simple and unpretentious lines, and depend on these qualities for any architectural merit they possess. The building at McLeod Street is entirely built of brick and rough cast. The interior walls of the washing hall are lined with white glazed bricks, the roofs of steel construction, lined with timber boarding and painted in pure white, the roof principals being picked out in green. The entrance is flanked on one side by a large waiting room, and on the other by the control office, which, from its position, ensures surveillance over the washing hall. Over the entrance is a children's creche, where a caretaker looks after the children of the mothers while they are engaged at the washing tub. This is believed to be a commendable provision peculiar to Edinburgh. ..... [Building News February 1917 p172]

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 11917 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 1James Anderson Williamson  1917 City Architect


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


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Building News21 February 1917  p172 and illustration
Item 2 of 2Building News28 February 1917  p194 and illustration