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12 Kirk Loan, Corstorphine Public Library Including Boundary Walls, Gatepiers, Gates, Railings and Lamp Standards

A Category C Listed Building in Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Coordinates

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

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 391412

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB44764

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Edinburgh

County: Edinburgh

Town: Edinburgh

Electoral Ward: Corstorphine/Murrayfield

Traditional County: Midlothian

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Description

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.

Statement of Interest

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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