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This paper examines the work of the Bel Family of masons and their unique interpretation of the tower-house, here precisely identified as tall-houses. Their non-defensive nature is explored demonstrating the features which made a distinctive contribution to Renaissance architecture in Scotland...
In this essay, the hitherto unknown history of Sir William Bruce's early life and career is revealed through important newly discovered sources. Until now, the Kincardine Papers had previously concealed the fascinating commercial and political ventures of the gentleman-turned-architect. This...
On 31 January 1827, George IV issued a Royal Warrant which created the new Office of Works in Scotland, naming Robert Reid as Principal Officer with a yearly salary of £500. The appointment of Reid as first Principal Officer is significant as he became the first salaried public sector architect...
In this paper, the authors, both of whom teach at the Scottish Centre for Conservation Studies, Edinburgh College of Art, present a research methodology which demonstrates clearly that one should never judge a book by its cover, or, in this context, a building by its façade. Hugh Miller's Shrub...
This paper argues that (Sir) Robert Matthew (1906–1975) was not only, as is already well known, the leading figure of post-war modern architecture in Scotland, but also a strategic driving force in the victory of conservation, around 1970 – a victory that was strongly associated, in the minds of...
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