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Basic Site Details

Name: Edinburgh Free Library
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: B Listed
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Notes: Competition assessed by Alfred Waterhouse, limited to local practices.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 3Carnegie Library  
Item 2 of 3Central Public LibraryYes 
Item 3 of 3Edinburgh Public Library  

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 1George IV BridgeYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 51887  Competition
Item 2 of 59 July 1887 Foundation stone 
Item 3 of 59 June 1890 Opened 
Item 4 of 5c. 1928c. 1932 Book stands
Item 5 of 51930  Alterations


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 8George Washington BrowneArchitect 1887 Won competition to secure job
Item 2 of 8James Bow DunnArchitect 1887 Second premiated competition design
Item 3 of 8Thomas Purves MarwickArchitect 1887 Unsuccessful competition design
Item 4 of 8John LumsdaineArchitectB1887 Third premiated competition design, 'Hermione' - whilst senior assistant in the City Architect's Office
Item 5 of 8James Graham FairleyArchitect 1892 Unsuccessful competition design
Item 6 of 8John Fraser MatthewArchitectAc. 1928c. 1932Book stands
Item 7 of 8Lorimer & MatthewArchitectural practiceAc. 1928c. 1932Book stands
Item 8 of 8Ebenezer James MacRaeArchitect 1930 Alterations


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 6Academy Architecture1894   p86
Item 2 of 6Emmerson, Roger Winners and losers  p19
Item 3 of 6RSA1888   737 & 998 Designs by Dunn)
Item 4 of 6RSA1890   475 & 482
Item 5 of 6RSA1893   406
Item 6 of 6www.scotcities.com/carnegie www.scotcities.com/carnegie   

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Architect and Building News1930Jul-Dec p277
Item 2 of 4British Architect25 January 1889   
Item 3 of 4BuilderEarly 1887LII pp453, 826 & 891
Item 4 of 4BuilderLate 1887LIII pp92, 112-3, 168, 182, 183i, 212-3 & 215i

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register25787 
Item 2 of 3National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSLorimer and Matthew Collection LOR E/267
Item 3 of 3RIBA Archive, Victoria & Albert MuseumRIBA Nomination Papers George Washington Browne: F no2356 (box 5)


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