Usher Hall

Stockdale Harrison and Sons, Edinburgh, 1911

 

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The Usher Hall, Edinburgh 

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  • The Usher Hall, Edinburgh    
  • Detail of facade to Grindlay Street    
  • The Usher Hall, Edinburgh    
  • View of Auditorium from orchestra    
  • Detail of proscenium    
  • Crush Hall    
  • Detail of auditorium ceiling    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • Grand tier plan    
  • Longitudinal section    

Three-storey Beaux Arts concert hall on wedge-shaped site, with polygonal entrance front and horseshoe-plan auditorium

The 3,000 seat auditorium is a curved horseshoe form, made possible by the use of the period's most advanced concrete construction methods. Its three main entrances are marked by large doorways, above which and set back from the face, is the wall of the auditorium. The whole being crowned by a saucer dome made of steel frame construction and clad in copper.

The external detailing includes statues by the leading sculptors of the period. Internally the public areas are again richly detailed and the horseshoe corridor contains plaster medallions illustrating key figures from Scotland and from the world of music.

The ceiling of the hall was flat and treated with broad deep ribs to enhance acoustic performance. In the large central panel is the dome with clerestory windows which provides abundant daylighting.

Data

  • Begun: Jul 1911
  • Completed: Jul 1911
  • Floor area: 700m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £100,000
  • Funding: Donation from Andrew Usher
  • Address: 10 Cambridge Street, Edinburgh, EH3 9BT, United Kingdom

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