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Records of Dunn and Findlay, architects, Edinburgh, Scotland

551 52

Description Records of Dunn and Findlay, architects, Edinburgh, Scotland

Date 1876 to 1960

Collection Records of Dunn and Findlay, architects, Edinburgh, Scotland

Catalogue Number 551 52

Category All Other

Scope and Content The Dunn & Findlay Collection contains 4,182 drawings, approximately two thirds of which originate from the James B Dunn practice, with the remainder belonging to the practice of A H Mottram. The majority of drawings are for proposals based in Edinburgh. Material in the Collection consists largely of works on paper, linen, tracing paper and mechanical copies. Significant projects by the James B Dunn practice include The Scotsman Building (1899-1904), Jenner’s Repository (1925-26), and George Watson’s College (c. 1927-34), all in Edinburgh. The Collection also includes housing developments in Edinburgh and designs for several villas in East Lothian between the 1890s and the 1920s. Mottram’s involvement in housing development is represented strongly in the Collection, which includes drawings for his work in Rosyth (1917-25) and designs for housing at Greenock for the Scottish National Housing Company (Housing Trust) Limited (1926). The Collection is not complete as the contents of the attic were weeded in the 1960s due to storage limitations. Significant projects not represented include James Dunn’s second place competition entry for Edinburgh Public Library. The majority of A H Mottram’s drawings showing his work at Rosyth were returned to the Scottish National Housing Company Ltd before his death and so are also missing from the Collection. Acquired drawings from several practices are included.

Archive History The Dunn & Findlay Collection was salvaged by the NMRS from the offices of 14 Frederick Street, Edinburgh, in 1981 when the practice of Mottram Patrick & Dalgleish moved from the premises to new offices in Leith. The amalgamation of drawings from two distinct practices formed by James Bow Dunn and Alfred Hugh Mottram seems to have occurred as the attic floor was used for storage by both practices. There appears to have been no storage order in the attic. The drawings were rolled when they arrived at the NMRS and subsequently flattened for storage in plan chests. They were initially sorted into projects and then by geographical location but the county system was later abandoned and the remaining drawings were filed numerically. The Collection was catalogued and conserved as part of the Scottish Architects' Papers Preservation Project (SAPPP) between 1999 and 2004.

System of Arrangement The system of arrangement established when the material was salvaged in 1981 was retained by SAPPP. Material is sorted by project, and then largely by county or city. The remainder of projects are ordered numerically.

Related Material The Sydney Mitchell & Wilson Collection may be of interest as James Leslie Findlay designed the Dean’s Path buildings whilst working in the practice of A G Sydney Mitchell. For other Dunn & Findlay papers, see the Cowie & Seaton Collection, and for further A H Mottram papers see the Haxton & Watson Collection. The RIBA archive at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London holds nomination papers for James Bow Dunn and Alfred Hugh Mottram

Access Conditions Access is unrestricted, except where conservation concerns exist.

Administrative History The Collection comprises the work of two distinct architectural practices, those of Dunn & Findlay and Alfred Hugh Mottram. Dunn & Findlay: James Bow Dunn (1861-1930) was born in Pollokshields, Glasgow, and educated at George Heriot’s School, Edinburgh. He travelled widely through Europe and was articled to the Edinburgh architect, James Campbell Walker (c.1822-1888) in 1876. By 1885 he was working at the Burgh Engineer’s Office, Edinburgh, and in 1887 established a small private practice at 116 George Street, Edinburgh. The following year, under the pseudonym ‘Wisdom, Health and Beauty’, Dunn won the competition for the Society of Solicitors to the Supreme Courts of Scotland premises, assessed by J J Burnet (1857-1938). This success enabled him to fully set up business on his own account and in 1889 he moved to 94 George Street, Edinburgh. In 1894 Dunn formed a partnership with James Leslie Findlay (1868-1952), the younger son of The Scotsman newspaper proprietor John Ritchie Findlay. Harrow-educated, Findlay had been apprenticed to his father’s architect, A G Syndey Mitchell (1856-1930), where he designed the Dean Path buildings, Edinburgh (1885). The partnership of Dunn & Findlay probably formed for the building of The Scotsman’s new premises, but the pair had previously won a competition for the Adam Smith Memorial and Beveridge Halls and Library in Kirkcaldy (1894). From 1896 the practice resided at 35 Frederick Street, Edinburgh before moving to 42 Frederick Street in 1902. The partnership ceased in 1903 but both architects continued to share an office for three years, during which time Dunn was admitted FRIBA (Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects) in 1905. After 1906, Findlay did little architectural work, focussing instead on his military career and was invalided during active service in the First World War. He retired in 1918. In 1909 the practice of James B Dunn moved to 45 Hanover Street, Edinburgh, and in 1912 to 14 Frederick Street, Edinburgh, where it remained. Dunn was elected president of the Edinburgh Architectural Association in 1910 and 1911, Associate of the Royal Scottish Academy in 1918, an Academician in 1930, and was one of the Academy’s representatives on the governing board of the Edinburgh College of Art. After his death in 1930, his son Herbert G Dunn went into partnership with his former principal assistant George L Martin, to continue the practice as Dunn & Martin. Alfred Hugh Mottram: The brother of the author R H Mottram, Alfred Hugh Mottram (1886-1953) was born in Norwich, England, and educated in Lausanne, Switzerland. In 1903 he was articled to George Faulkner Armitage of London and Manchester and remained as an assistant until 1907 when he joined Parker & Unwin. He was admitted ARIBA in 1911 and thereafter worked with the Housing Reform Company of Cardiff. In 1915, he took up a similar post as architect and town planner for the new town of Rosyth with the Scottish National Housing Company. Mottram returned to the Scottish National Housing Company’s office at 59 Frederick Street, Edinburgh after serving in the war and in 1925 joined Dunn’s office for a brief spell. He then established his own practice in the same building and served as the architect to a number of housing organisations, including the Edinburgh Welfare Housing Trust and the Edinburgh Housing Association. In 1950 his son James Arthur Hugh Mottram (d. 1984), who had completed a short apprenticeship with Dunn & Martin, became a partner and the practice was renamed A H Mottram & Son. Shortly before the death of A H Mottram in 1953, Thomas Edward Patrick (b.c.1916), a friend of James Mottram from Edinburgh College of Art who had been working in the office as an independent architect, was brought into the partnership. In the late 1950s the practice became known as Mottram & Patrick and, following the incorporation of long standing chief assistant Andrew Martin Dalgleish in 1964, the practice became Mottram Patrick & Dalgleish. Throughout his career A H Mottram was a prominent member of the architectural community. He was president of the Edinburgh Architectural Association, a post his son was later to hold, and was a Scottish member of the Architect’s Registration Council of the UK.

Accruals No further accruals are expected.

Accession Number 1981/10 200/16

Permalink http://canmore.org.uk/collection/1176351

Collection Hierarchy - Collection Level

Collection Level (551 52) Records of Dunn and Findlay, architects, Edinburgh, Scotland

Preview Category Catalogue Number Title Date Level
Prints and Drawings EDD 754/1 Edinburgh, 5-7 Frederick Street, Queen's Club. Elevation of WT panels, section, plan at AA, 1/2 plan at BB, and elevation of main balusters. Titled: 'Queens Club Nos 5 and 7 Fredk. St. Full-size detail of wrot iron railing Principal staircase Drawing No 62'. Insc: '42 Frederick Street Edinburgh Jan 1904'. 2/1904 Item Level
Prints and Drawings EDD 754/2 Edinburgh, 5-7 Frederick Street, Queen's Club. Ground and first floor plans. Titled: 'The 'Queens' Club Nos 5 to 7 Frederick Street Drawing No 1'. Insc: '42 Frederick St Edinr May 1903'. 5/1903 Item Level
Prints and Drawings EDD 754/3 Edinburgh, 5-7 Frederick Street, Queen's Club. Second and third floor plans. Titled: 'The 'Queens' Club Nos 5 & 7 Frederick Street Drawing No 2.' Insc: '42 Frederick St. Edinr April 1903.' 4/1903 Item Level
Prints and Drawings EDD 754/4 Edinburgh, 5-7 Frederick Street, Queen's Club. Cistern room, fourth floor and roof plans. Titled: 'The 'Queens' Club Nos 5 & 7 Frederick Street. Drawing No 3.' Insc: '42 Frederick St. Edinr April 1903'. 4/1903 Item Level
Prints and Drawings EDD 754/5 Edinburgh, 5-7 Frederick Street, Queen's Club. Front and back elevations. Titled: 'The 'Queens' Club Nos 5 & 7 Frederick Street Drawing No 4.' Insc: 42 Frederick St. Edinr May 1903'. 5/1903 Item Level
Prints and Drawings EDD 754/6 Edinburgh, 5-7 Frederick Street, Queen's Club. Sections BB and CC. Titled: 'The 'Queens' Club Nos 5 & 7 Frederick Street Drawing No 5'. Insc: 42 Frederick St Edinr May 1903'. 5/1903 Item Level
Prints and Drawings EDD 754/7 Edinburgh, 5-7 Frederick Street, Queen's Club. Plan of basement floor and section. Titled: 'The 'Queens' Club Nos 5 & 7 Frederick Street Drawing No 6'. Insc: '42 Frederick St Edinr. April 1903'. 4/1903 Item Level
Prints and Drawings EDD 754/8 Edinburgh, 5-7 Frederick Street, Queen's Club. Ground floor plan and sSections. Titled: ' "Queens Club" Proposed additional room.' Insc: '45 Hanover St. Edinburgh.' Item Level
Prints and Drawings EDD 780/9 Edinburgh, 14 Frederick Street, Ladies Club. Details of windows to back elevation and lavatories. Titled: '14 - 16 Frederick Street'. Insc: 'Half Inch Scale Elevations and Full Size Details of Windows to Back Elevation and Lavatories Only' 'John Gibbs Ltd., Kings Heath, Birmingham.' c. 1929 Item Level
Prints and Drawings EDD 780/14 Edinburgh, 14 Frederick Street, Ladies Club. Perspective view of street facade. Signed: 'James B. Dunn, architect, F.R.I.B.A.' c. 1929 Item Level
Prints and Drawings EDD 780/1 Edinburgh, 14 Frederick Street, Ladies Club. Key, basement, ground first, second and attic floor plans showing alterations. Titled: 'Premises 14 and 16 Frederick Street'. Insc: 'Drawing No. 1' 'James B. Dunn A.R.S.A. F.R.I.B.A., 14 Frederick Street, Edinburgh, May 1929'. 5/1929 Item Level
Prints and Drawings EDD 780/2 Edinburgh, 14 Frederick Street, Ladies Club. Proposed heating apparatus. Basement floor plan. Ground floor plan. First floor plan. Titled: 'No. 16 Frederick Street'. Insc: 'Plans of Shop - Proposed Heating Apparatus' 'Drawing No. 1' 'James B. Dunn A.R.S.A. F.R.I.B.A., 14 Frederick Street, Edinburgh, May 1929'. 5/1929 Item Level
Prints and Drawings EDD 780/3 Edinburgh, 14 Frederick Street, Ladies Club. Alterations and additions. Front elevation. back elevation and section. Titled: 'Premises 14 And 16 Frederick Street'. Insc: 'Elevations and Sections of Alterations and Additions' 'Drawing No. 2' 'James B. Dunn A.R.S.A. F.R.I.B.A., 14 Frederick Street, Edinburgh.' 5/1929 Item Level
Prints and Drawings EDD 780/4 Edinburgh, 14 Frederick Street, Ladies Club. Plan and elevation of shop front. Insc: '1/2" Plan and Elevation' 'Shop Front for Messrs: Davison Led. Frederick Street. Edinburgh.' 'Donald Grant and Sons, Shopfitters, St. James Place, Edinburgh'. 5/1929 Item Level
Prints and Drawings EDD 780/5 Edinburgh, 14 Frederick Street, Ladies Club. Plan, elevation and section of shop front. Titled: 'Premises 14 And 16 Frederick Street'. Insc: 'Half Inch Scale Details of Shop Front' 'Drawing No. 3' 'James B. Dunn A.R.S.A. F.R.I.B.A., 14 Frederick Street, Edinburgh.' 5/1929 Item Level
Prints and Drawings EDD 780/6 Edinburgh, 14 Frederick Street, Ladies Club. Shop front. Elevation. Titled: '14 And 16 Frederick Street'. Insc: 'Half Inch Details of Shop Front.' 'Drawing No. 15.' 'James B. Dunn A.R.S.A. F.R.I.B.A., 14 Frederick Street, Edinburgh.' 7/1929 Item Level
Prints and Drawings EDD 780/7 Edinburgh, 14 Frederick Street, Ladies Club. Back elevation and section. Titled: '14 And 16 Frederick Street'. Insc: 'Half Inch Details of Back Elevation.' 'Drawing No. 4.' 'James B. Dunn A.R.S.A. F.R.I.B.A., 14 Frederick Street, Edinburgh.' 7/1929 Item Level
Prints and Drawings EDD 780/8 Edinburgh, 14 Frederick Street, Ladies Club. Plan showing the reuse of old doors. Titled: 'Premises 16 Frederick Street'. Insc: 'Plan Showing Reuse of Old Doors.' 'Drawing No. 5.' 'James B. Dunn A.R.S.A. F.R.I.B.A., 14 Frederick Street, Edinburgh.' 5/1929 Item Level
Prints and Drawings EDD 780/10 Edinburgh, 14 Frederick Street, Ladies Club. Back elevation windows and sections. Titled: '14 - 16 Frederick Street, Edinburgh'. Insc: 'Back Elevation Windows' 'John Gibbs Ltd., Kings Heath, Birmingham, Drawing No. 1387'. Back elevation windows. Sections. 29/6/1929 Item Level
Prints and Drawings EDD 780/11 Edinburgh, 14 Frederick Street, Ladies Club. Amended details of stair, section BB, South elevation, North elevation, East elevation. Titled: '14 and 16 Frederick Street'. Insc: 'Amended Half Inch Details of Stair' 'Drawing No. 17' 'James B. Dunn A.R.S.A. F.R.I.B.A., 14 Frederick Street, Edinburgh, July 1929'. 1929 Item Level
Prints and Drawings EDD 780/12 Edinburgh, 14 Frederick Street, Ladies Club. Existing doors and elevations. Titled: '16 Frederick Street'. Insc: 'Details of Existing Doors etc.' 'Drawing No. 6' 'James B. Dunn A.R.S.A. F.R.I.B.A., 14 Frederick Street, Edinburgh, May 1929'. Existing doors, elevations 5/1929 Item Level
Prints and Drawings EDD 753/3 Edinburgh, 5 Queen Street, Synod Hall. Transverse section through the line A.B. Annotated with contract details and signatures. Titled: 'No.5. Synod Hall. Queen Street.' Insc: '36 Albany Street, Edinburgh.' Signed: 'J.D. Peddie.' 18/5/1846 Item Level
Prints and Drawings EDD 753/1 Edinburgh, 5 Queen Street, Synod Hall. Plan of sunk floor. Annotated with contract details and signatures. Titled: 'No.1. Synod Hall, Queen Street.' Insc: '36 Albany Street, Edinburgh.' Signed: 'J.D. Peddie.' 18/5/1846 Item Level
Prints and Drawings EDD 753/2 Edinburgh, 5 Queen Street, Synod Hall. Plan of ground floor. Annotated with contact details and signatures. Titled: 'No.2 Synod Hall, Queen Street.' c. 1846 Item Level

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