Skywatch Friday - little and large


The large brick chimney was the chimney for the Victorian era Infirmary Street Baths, built by the city council to combat cholera. The little pimple beside it is the dome of the University of Edinburgh's Old College. Fourteen years after they were closed down, the Baths have been transformed into a centre of contemporary tapestry weaving together with teaching and exhibition space. The brick wall is part of the original building: the metal clad wall is part of the new add-on.

The archway framing it all is part of the former Royal High School of Edinburgh, built in 1777. It now houses the University's Geography and Archaeology departments. Lots of building recycling in this area!

Other Skywatch discoveries are at the Skywatch Friday site.

Comments

  1. Such structures are a joy and it is good to recycle. Too much tearing down has gone on over time.
    Lovely work. Thanks for sharing. Have a great weekend.

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  2. Thanks for this dive into your historical city. Such local information are seldom available in tourist boards. I think it's lovely that the building has found a reuse after the cholera baths where no longer needed. Tapestry weaving seems like a fitting activity for this building. 'The little pimple' (this made me chuckle) is probably a very nice building in its own right.

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  3. Wonderful shot! I love the Archaeology building - there is a lovely blossom tree in the courtyard just now.

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  4. What a great photograph. I love the contrast, not only in size but also in design. Thank you for sharing and have a great weekend.
    Smiles from Haida Gwaii.

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  5. We have one of these chimneys. It was part of a textile mill. Loved the history!

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  6. Isn't it great that the building was perserved and still serves such a good purpose (I would love to take a weaving class there!) I like the way the new & old join together - a transormation well done. The color/sading on the windows pulls the composition together. I like the little tower peeking thru - "don't forget me! I'm over here".
    Can you imagine how it was going to the Infirmary baths back then?
    Very thought provoking post.
    Happy SWF!

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  7. Glad to hear that buildings are being recycled and I'd love to see the dome a little closer.

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  8. A lot of history in a little frame !

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  9. Love to see old buildings given new purpose. This is a great photo!

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  10. I think it's wonderful that they are "recycling" the buildings. Too many historic building here are torn down to make room for new construction.

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  11. I love it when old structures are repurposed instead of torn down. The old is usually better built anyway!

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  12. I've never heard a dome of a university called a "pimple" before; clever imagery. Thanks for visiting my blog and your kind comments. Cheers.

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  13. What a lovely photo and so much history in one picture

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  14. a very interesting post...i so like it when buildings are repurposed rather than destroyed.
    have a wonderful rest of the weekend.

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  15. Geography...my passion of life!
    What a great photo and description of how man influences the world around us...!!!

    Thanks for visiting my blog also!

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  16. Grovy shots of Infirmary Street and it's great that the baths are being used for something worthwhile. I learned to swim and used to train in those baths as a kid.

    I attended the Royal Hight School for the 6 years of secondary. It's the oldest known school in the world - founded circa 1128 and still going strong as an excellent state comprehensive. I had no idea that this building previously housed RHS. Thanks for that info.

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  17. Thanks for the comments. Naldo, I'm honoured to have a real Royal High alumnus visit.

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