Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site

Patrick Geddes Hall (Part), 2 Mound Place, EdinburghLB29380

Status: Designated


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NT 25428 73599
325428, 673599


Late 18th century. 5-storey and attic 3-bay tenement. Squared rubble with ashlar dressings. Cill band to 1st floor. Long and short quoins. Raised margins to windows. Depressed-arch pend entrance with rusticated voussoirs to outer left, now with glazed door (dated - see Notes). Cast-iron railings to semi-basement to right. 2 tripartite pedimented timber dormers to attic.

12-pane glazing in timber sash and case windows. Grey slates. Corniced end stacks with circular cans.

Statement of Special Interest

Prior to the mid eighteenth century building on the north side of Castle Hill was concentrated around the land fronting of the high street. Following the draining of the Nor' Loch and the construction of the New Town from 1767, tenement blocks were built at the back of the Castle Hill tofts facing new development to the North.

The tenement block is visible on John Ainslie's 1780 plan of Edinburgh and Alexander Kincaid's 1784 plan of Edinburgh.

No 2 Mound Place was associated from 1850 with the Free Church College. 3 flats at No 2 Mound Place were leased by Patrick Geddes in 1887, renovated, and let to university students - the original core of Geddes' University Hall. The Hall was managed by the Town and Gown Association from 1896, by which time it occupied the whole building at No 2. The house was altered internally in 1903 to accommodate 30 students, and renamed Lister House. The dates 1887 and 1903 over the pend entrance commemorate Geddes' 2 periods of association with the building. The upper part of No 1 Mound Place was incorporated in Lister House in 1927. Lister House became university property in 1964, and, after restoration by Ian G Lindsay and Partners, was opened on 10th November 1978 as Patrick Geddes Hall. Plaque reads 'The University of Edinburgh, in honour of Sir Patrick Geddes 1854-1932 Biologist, Sociologist, Urban Planner, Founder of the First Modern Scottish University Residences.'

Listed building record and statutory address updated (2015). Previously listed as '2 Mound Place, Patrick Geddes Hall (Part)'.



Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland: CANMORE ID

Ainslie, J. (1780) City of Edinburgh. Edinburgh : Ainslie.

Kincaid, A. (1784) A plan of the city and suburbs of Edinburgh. Edinburgh : s.n.

Pinkerton, R. M. and Windram, W. J. (1983) Mylne's Court: three hundred years of Lawnmarket heritage, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh. pp. 75-78.

Gifford, J. McWilliam, C. and Walker, D. (1991) The Buildings of Scotland: Edinburgh. London: Penguin Books. pp. 192, 271.

About Listed Buildings

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South elevation, Patrick Geddes Hall (Part), 2 Mound Place, Edinburgh, road and car in foreground.

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