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Date: Tuesday, 28 November 2017, 18:30-20:00
Venue: City of Edinburgh Methodist Church, 25 Nicholson Square, Edinburgh EH8 9BX
The heritage specialist Steven Robb of Historic Environment Scotland will talk about the interwar
designs of Edinburgh’s City Architect, Ebenezer James MacRae.
MacRae became City Architect in 1925 and took over responsibility for housing from the City
Engineer, Adam Campbell, the following year. Whereas Campbell had experimented with different
building types and prefabrication, MacRae returned to traditional masonry construction, holding
firm against Modernism, until wartime restrictions caused a change in direction. His work shaped
much of the city outside its centre and visualises the conflicting positions held about Modernist
The entrance fee for this lecture is £6 for general admission, £5 for concessions for students and
unwaged and £4 for Docomomo members.