Feb 2005 Update
HM General Register House National Archives for Scotland is developing a
£5m Scottish family history centre at Register House, Princes Street, Edinburgh. The architects are Gray Marshall & Associates who have worked extensively on the building's refurbishment.
General Register House - Description
The building is on axis with the North Bridge thus viewable from the Royal Mile and (just) from the Festival Theatre beyond making one of Edinburgh's great formal vistas.
General Register House was designed by Robert Adam whilst living in England. Adam's brothers, James & John Adam assisted Robert on the designs and supervised construction of the building, from 1774 to 1786. The building includes a shallow central dome and features in the small square onto Princes Street a rather wooden sculpture of a rider on a horse called Copenhagen. The Family History Centre was refurbished in 2003-04.