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St. Andrew’s House, Edinburgh

Scottish Building design by Thomas S Tait & Sir John Burnet, Tait and Lorne

26 July 2019
St Andrew’s House Restoration News
Ongoing restoration of St Andrew’s House in the heart of the capital.

26 Nov 2016 – new photos around the Calton Hill area by Adrian Welch:

St. Andrew's House Edinburgh

St. Andrew's House Edinburgh building
photo © Adrian Welch

St. Andrew’s House Edinburgh

St Andrew’s House architect – Thomas Tait

St Andrew’s House, 1934-39: inter-war architecture competition win – monolithic, symmetrical and sober from the front, romantically irregular from the South – note the curved glass stair towers reminiscent of the Fagus Shoe Last Factory by Gropius & Meyer. This building was the Scottish Office, the UK government’s administrative offices in Scotland.

St. Andrew's House St. Andrew's House Edinburgh
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Thomas S Tait (1882-1952) of Sir John Burnet, Tait and Lorne, was Scotland’s foremost inter-war architect. He designed many buildings in London, such as Adelaide House on the Thames, as well as the strongly futuristic Glasgow Empire Exhibition Tower.

St Andrews House Thomas S Tait St. Andrew's House Edinburgh design by  Sir John Burnet St. Andrew's House Edinburgh design by Tait and Lorne
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The St Andrew’s House frontage is influenced by Grey Wornuim’s severe Art Deco verticality RIBA HQ (1934) on Portland Place, London. Edinburgh National Library building (Dr Reginald Fairlie, 1934-55) on George IV Bridge also picks up on this rigid vertical ordering in stone.

St Andrew’s House was refurbished 2000-02 by Reiach and Hall Architects. Adjacent buildings can be located off the Calton Hill tour.

Thomas S Tait Architect Sir John Burnet Architect Calton Hill, Edinburgh St. Andrew's House Scotland
photographs © Adrian Welch

There is a strong Client link between st Andrew’s House and the new Scottish Parliament which is nearby. Sir John Burnet also worked on Burtons Edinburgh, Princes St.

Edinburgh House

Thomas S Tait Architect St Andrew's House, Edinburgh St Andrews House Building Tait and Lorne Architects
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St Andrew's House St Andrew's House, Edinburgh Thomas S Tait

Edinburgh Walking Tours

St Andrew’s House architect – Tait

Some St Andrew’s House departments migrated to the Scottish Executive Building upon its completion

St Andrew’s House architect – Tait mentor : Sir John Burnet

Scottish Parliament

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