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Andrew Carnegie House

Located in Pittencrieff Street on the northern edge of Pittencrieff Park in Dunfermline (W Fife), Andrew Carnegie House is named after the Scottish-American steel magnate and philanthropist. It provides the headquarters for the four British-based Carnegie trusts; namely the Carnegie UK Trust, the Carnegie Dunfermline & Hero Fund Trusts and Carnegie Trust for the Universities of Scotland - bringing these together into one building for the first time. These trusts support education, improvement, social justice and individual courage in Dunfermline, Scotland and the UK.

The striking building was the work of the Glasgow-based Page-Park Architects and completed in late 2007, at a cost of £2.9 million. It was formally opened by HRH The Princess Royal on 13th February 2008.

The pavilion-like form is intended to link the street to the park. Office space is single-storey, rising to a two-storey section with a boardroom and gallery on the first floor with communal functions beneath and a sweeping zinc roof spiralling upwards to link the two floors together. The building has an area of 731 sq. m (7868 sq. feet) and incorporates environmental features such as a ground source heating system and natural ventilation.

A stained-glass window designed by Tiffany of New York in now a feature of the building. This window was originally intended for the nave of Dunfermline Abbey, but deemed inappropriate by the church authorities and thus installed in the Carnegie Hall. Because the window was mostly hidden behind curtains in the hall, it was moved to the new Tiffany Lounge cafe-bar adjacent in 1993. However it suffered damage there and was moved here in 2007 to become the centre-piece of the new building.


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