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Adam House

Located towards the east end of Chambers Street in Edinburgh, this remarkable mock-Georgian building lies on the site of Adam Square, which was demolished to make way for South Bridge and Chambers Street itself. The Square included the Watt Institute and School of Arts (which eventually became Heriot-Watt University), but perhaps more notably, the home of the influential Adam family of architects.

Adam House was completed in 1954 and represented the first post-war building for the University of Edinburgh. The architect was Sir William Kininmonth (1904 - 1988). Built primarily as an examinations hall, today the University still uses Adam House for this purpose, together with exhibitions and as an Edinburgh Festival venue. There is a 160-seat traditional theatre at the basement level.


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