Lauriston Fire Station Photos, Edinburgh Building by Robert Morham Architect, Date, History
Fire Station Edinburgh : Architecture
Arts & Crafts building design by Architect Robert Morham, Scotland, UK
post updated 6 December 2023
Design: Robert Morham Architect
Headquarters of Lothian and Borders Fire and Rescue Service
Edinburgh Fire Station building
Address: Museum of Fire, Lauriston Place, EH3 9DE
Lauriston Fire Station
Address: Lauriston Place, south-central Edinburgh
Architect: Robert Morham
Date of completion: 1897/98-1901
Listed: Category A
Current use: HQ & Museum for Lothian and Borders Fire Brigade
Style: Queen Anne
Lauriston Place Fire Station
The fire station predates the College of Art to the north, which follows on from the fire station’s red sandstone and green slates. The building is constructed of Locharbriggs red sandstone (from the Scottish Borders) ashlar.
The base storey is granite-faced. The building remained an operational fire station and main control centre until its replacement at Tollcross was completed in 1988. A major repair and refurbishment was carried out in 1998-99 by the City of Edinburgh Council Architects.
Robert Morham Architect
Robert Morham Edinburgh City Architect
Robert Morham (1839 – 1912) was the City Architect for Edinburgh for the last decades of the nineteenth century and was responsible for much of the public face of the city at the time.
His work is particularly well represented within Edinburgh City Chambers where each of the high Victoriana main council chambers (Edinburgh Room, Nelson Mandela Room, European Room etc.) is under his hand.
Most of his buildings are utilitarian in function: police stations, fire stations, swimming baths etc. and these are generally atypical of the Edinburgh streetscape in terms of material being generally in red sandstone rather than cream. This allows the public buildings to quickly be identified in the streets concerned.
His work in parks is also noteworthy including one of the world’s best known public spaces, Princes Street Gardens. This included negotiations for the widening of Princes Street and the placing of a great number of statues along the edge of the park facing that road.
Edinburgh Fire Ideas Competition – Cowgate site
Lauriston Fire Station context – Edinburgh College of Art
6 December 2023
Tollcross Fire Station listed
photo courtesy of HES
Tollcross Fire Station Edinburgh building
Scottish Capital Building Designs
Contemporary Scottish Capital Property Designs – recent architectural selection below:
Buildings in the area of Lauriston Fire Station:
picture © Adrian Welch
photograph © John McKenzie
photo © Adrian Welch
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