Basic Site Details

Name: Edinburgh Royal Infirmary, Old Surgical Hospital
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: B Listed
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Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 3Geography Department After 1976 the Geography Department progressively took over the building
Item 2 of 3University of Edinburgh, Philosophy Department  
Item 3 of 3University of Edinburgh, Physics Building  

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Surgical Hospital, Drummond StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 418491853  
Item 2 of 41866  ventilation improvements
Item 3 of 41905  Remodelling for the University of Edinburgh
Item 4 of 41906 OpenedReopened by Andrew Carnegie following remodelling into the Department of Natural Philosophy


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 5Burn & BryceArchitectural practiceB1849  
Item 2 of 5David BryceArchitectB18491853 
Item 3 of 5(Sir) Robert Rowand AndersonArchitectA1905 Remodelling for the University of Edinburgh
Item 4 of 5Arthur Forman Balfour PaulArchitectA1905 Remodelling for the University of Edinburgh
Item 5 of 5Rowand Anderson & PaulArchitectural practiceA1905 Remodelling for the University of Edinburgh


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Committee of Management of the Royal Infirmary 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2APSD The Dictionary of Architectureed Wyatt PapworthThe Architectural Publication Society (8v 1852-1892) 
Item 2 of 2Turner, A Logan1937The Story of a Great Hospital: The Royal Infirmary Edinburgh 1729-1929First edition  

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 2Builder27 May 1876XXXIV Obituary of David Bryce
Item 2 of 2Builder19 October 1907XCIII  

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 5Edinburgh City ArchivesEdinburgh Dean of Guild  
Item 2 of 5Edinburgh University LibraryAnderson Collection (Plans and drawings)  
Item 3 of 5Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register28000 
Item 4 of 5National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSNMRS Library Photo of 1851 perspective drawing
Item 5 of 5Royal Infirmary ArchivesRoyal Infirmary Minute Books 1848-54