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View of the great hall, Craighouse Asylum, Edinburgh. The building is now part of Napier University.

SC 701974

Description View of the great hall, Craighouse Asylum, Edinburgh. The building is now part of Napier University.

Date 1895

Collection Bedford Lemere and Company

Catalogue Number SC 701974

Category On-line Digital Images

Copy of BL 13224

Scope and Content Great Hall, Craighouse Mental Asylum, Craighouse Road, Edinburgh, looking south (latterly the Royal Edinburgh Hospital and presently part of Napier University) Craighouse Mental Asylum, a huge chateau designed by the architect, Sydney Mitchell, was built in 1889-94 as new hospital premises for the Royal Edinburgh Asylum. The Great Hall, a general amusement room for patients, was photographed in 1895 by the architectural photographer, Harry Bedford Lemere. This magnificent central hall, lined with Corinthian pilasters above a deep oak-panelled dado, is designed in a Baronial style, and lit by semicircular clerestory windows in the arched ceiling. Large canopied stone chimneypieces face each other across the room, and the end wall has an arched balcony for musicians. A large central hall for the general use of patients was one of the innovations introduced into the plan of the layout of the new hospital. The hall was designed as an 'uplifting' environment for patients, and for social functions including musical evenings, theatrical productions and orchestral recitals. Source: RCAHMS contribution to SCRAN.


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