Commerce and Conservation: Edinburgh New Town in the Early Twentieth Century

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Abstract / Description of output

The chapter explores the very early introduction of commercial activity in the first New Town, with the focus on Princes Street. It traces how domestic architecture was gradually modified for commercial purposes but also introduces new material showing how specialist commercial architecture was introduced at a surprisingly early date, including a very early arcade or shopping mall in the early 19th century,
The chapter culminates in a study of Princes Street in the first half of the 20th century and shows that the modernisation of the architecture, displayed in the Abercrombie Plan of 1949, so bemoaned by conservationists was, in fact, proposed in the pre-war period.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication The New Town of Edinburgh
Subtitle of host publicationAn Architectural Celebration
EditorsClarisse Godard Desmarest
PublisherJohn Donald
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9781910900352
Publication statusPublished - 10 Oct 2019

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • architecture history
  • Urban History
  • Scottish culture
  • Scottish History


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