Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site

CRAIGLEITH ROAD, ROYAL VICTORIA HOSPITAL, ADMINISTRATION BLOCKLB51008

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
07/11/2007
Supplementary Information Updated
18/04/2017
Local Authority
Edinburgh
Planning Authority
Edinburgh
Burgh
Edinburgh
NGR
NT 23205 74696
Coordinates
323205, 674696

Description

Sydney Mitchell & Wilson. 1906. 2 storey, 5 bay traditional Scots administration block with single storey and attic wing linking to Italianate dining hall with prominent campanile. Rendered masonry with ashlar to doorpiece and wallhead window margins. Purple ashlar masonry to dining hall.

FURTHER DESCRIPTION: E (entrance) elevation with advanced central bay with baroque ionic-pilastered doorpiece and large armorial panel above (see Notes), pair of gabled dormers to left and right with diamond insets to gableheads. S elevation with Italianate dining hall to left, 7 bays, 5 central bays glazed, outer bays with recessed central sections with niche and panel inset. Ballustraded eaves. 4 stage campanile to right of hall, lower stages harled. Round arched opening to ground, ashlar bellcote above string course with round arched openings to each face and swept roof above.

Prodominantly multi-pane glazing in timber fixed light and sash and case windows. Grey slate, red tile ridge.

INTERIOR: partially seen (2007), fine interior to board room with ornate chimneypiece and vaulted plaster ceiling, dining hall now subdivided.

Statement of Special Interest

The administration block at the Royal Victoria Hospital is a highly distinctive building which makes free use of two different styles, very much in the ethos of the Arts and Crafts movement which looked to traditional styles and methods in reaction to mass production and mechanisation. The building was designed by Sydney Mitchell who is a well known architect of the period who made use of a range of styles in his work. The administration building is one of the most pleasing of Mitchell & Wilson's hospital designs. The building typifies concern of late Victorians and Edwardians to treat ill persons in buildings surrounded by gardens & villas rather than in obvious institutions. The hospital began as a rest home for consumptives. During the First World War it was requisitioned for use as a specialist neurological treatment unit. There were a series of distinctive butterfly plan pavilions laid out on the site. These were demolished in the late 20th century and the hospital is now housed in a 1968 brick building by Reich, Hall and Partners.

References

Bibliography

3rd Edition Ordnance Survey Map (1912-3). C McKean, Edinburgh; An Illustrated Architectural Guide, (1992), pp 154-155. J Gifford et al., Buildings of Scotland; Edinburgh, (1984), pp 531. Dictionary of Scottish Architects, www.codexgeo.co.uk, accessed on 11.05.2007

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Other than the name or address of a listed building, further details are provided for information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland does not accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered as a consequence of inaccuracies in the information provided. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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