- Created on Monday, 22 September 2014 22 September 2014
Inspired by his recent commission for The Evergreen, John Reiach, photographer, boulevardier and Old Town resident takes a fresh look at the topography of the place he lives in.
As I stroll round the Old Town, gazing up at the fine surviving mediaeval buildings, and glimpsing the neo-classical grandeur of the New Town below, I am struck by how little good 20th and 21st century architecture is to be seen.
Even the Victorians – not renowned for their visual elegance – seem to acquit themselves better. Their two finest buildings survive: from the 1860’s the original Royal Scottish Museum on Chambers Street – if that counts as Old Town – and from the 1890’s the romantic mediaeval pastiche – complete with non-functional, playful arts-and-crafts embellishments such as the cat perched on the roof – that is Ramsay Garden, inspired by Patrick Geddes.