Ravelston Garden is a 1930s Art Deco
development of residential buildings in the suburb of Ravelston
, the capital of Scotland
It was designed by Andrew Neil and Robert Hurd
, 1935–36, and consists of three white-harl
ed International Style
blocks of 4-storey flats. They were originally known as the Jenners
flats, who were the managing agents. Ravelston Garden is a category A listed building
The ''Edinburgh'' volume of the Buildings of Scotland
series describes them as "Less stylish but more serious-minded".
[Gifford, et al, p.65]
Architectural historian Charles McKean
describes them as "Jaunty blocks of international style flats on a butterfly plan, complete with roof gardens, canopies, balconies and curving garages. Particularly clever design incorporating up-to-date labour saving devices. Must have caused quite a stramash
amidst the douce, opulent villas of the Dykes..."
[McKean (1987), pp.165–166]
The book ''Above Edinburgh & South East Scotland'' by Angus and Patricia MacDonald has a magnificent panoramic photograph of the three blocks, and describes them as "Proving that Edinburgh was in touch with the very latest architectural ideas in the 1930s, these flats... were among the first buildings to bring the International Style to the city".
[MacDonald, et al, p.140]
The original fenestration was based on galvanised
thin metal of the "Crittall
" type, some of which were replaced by modern equivalents during repainting in 1989. Their original colour was green, and they are now white to ensure a common colour amongst the blend of new and original windows. Some 43 of the 48 flats have new windows. Other changes have include novel up and over garage doors, discreetly designed to match their originals.
*J Gifford, C McWilliam and D Walker, ''Edinburgh''. (Buildings of Scotland series), (1984), pp 65, 534;
*C McKean, ''The Scottish Thirties'', (1987), pp 165–166;
*C McKean, ''Edinburgh'', (1992), p 159;
*A MacDonald, P MacDonald, "Above Edinburgh & South East Scotland", (1989) p 140.
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