Fountainbridge Library: Building of the Month

I am delighted that my feature about Fountainbridge Library (1937-40), Dundee Street, Edinburgh has just been published as October’s Twentieth-Century Society Building of the Month.

Panels by Charles d’Orville Pilkington Jackson (1887-1973) on the facade of Fountainbridge Library, Edinburgh, photographed in 2020 by P. A. Cavallina

Doors Open Days 2020

The feature discusses this rare and important example of modern Scottish architecture. It was designed by John A. W. Grant (1886/7-1959) and was built between 1937 and 1940. It opened as a ‘state-of-the-art’ library during the Blackout and continues to serve the community today.

It is the final celebration of Fountainbridge Libary as part of this year’s on-line Doors Open Days organised by the Cockburn Association. The other activities included a blog taking us back to the Library in 1940 via contemporary photographs of its exterior and interior and a series of eleven short videos taking the viewer ‘behind closed doors’ and ‘up secret stairs’.

Fountainbridge Library will re-open to the public on 6 October 2020.

For more on the library, please see this blog and this announcement.

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