Looking At Edinburgh

2 July 2008

Colony Stair

Filed under: buildings, history, photos, stairs — Tags: , , , — EdinburghEye @ 8:00 am

Colony stair

“In the mid-19th century, Scottish housing reformers sought an alternative to the traditional tenement and there was a deliberate movement to find a working-class housing pattern which broke with the tradition and gave every family a front door and its own garden ground.” – Edinburgh Architecture

A stair in Edinburgh usually means an enclosed street. From 1850 a collective of working-class Edinburghers formed a building society that funded the design and construction of colonies of better housing than had ever existed before in Edinburgh for working-class families: each small flat with its own front door, and open stair, and bit of garden.

This photo is available on Redbubble: Colony Stair.


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