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Latitude: 55.9407 / 55°56'26"N
Longitude: -3.2809 / 3°16'51"W
OS Eastings: 320087
OS Northings: 672705
OS Grid: NT200727
Mapcode National: GBR 82K.XX
Mapcode Global: WH6SK.KYW4
Entry Name: 12 Kirk Loan, Corstorphine Public Library Including Boundary Walls, Gatepiers, Gates, Railings and Lamp Standards
Listing Date: 11 November 1997
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 391412
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB44764
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Corstorphine/Murrayfield
Traditional County: Midlothian
E J MacRae, 1927. Single storey with basement, 5-bay, T-plan public library. Squared and snecked lightly bull-faced sandstone; ashlar dressings. Base course; blocking course.
NW (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: steps to advanced, gabled entrance porch; roll-moulded doorpiece; 2-leaf boarded timber door; illuminated fanlight; engraving above door reads 'Corstorphine Public Library'; Edinburgh City Arms above. Pair of 3-light windows to flanking recessed bays.
Predominantly fixed 6-pane timber windows. Grey slate roof; stone skews; central cupola. Cast-iron rainwater goods.
INTERIOR: modern library fittings; original timber clock to NE.
BOUNDARY WALLS, GATEPIERS, GATES, RAILINGS AND LAMP STANDARDS: coped low boundary walls to site; gates to central entrance and to outer left; black railings; coped ashlar gatepiers with Art Nouveau style lamp standards surmounting.
E J MacRae was Edinburgh's City Architect from 1925-46 and is perhaps most famous for his police boxes of 1931-3. With its simple plan and materials, Corstorphine Public Library reflects the horizontal accents of Corstorphine Old Parish Church (see separate list description) and the simple village green opposite.
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