Abden House was built in 1855 for Thomas Nelson, founder of the Scottish publishers, and designed by civil engineer Thomas Davies. Today it is the property of the University of Edinburgh, through the gift of Sir Donald Pollock. Built with three storeys in the Jacobean revivalist style of the 19th century, the house faces a carriage circle with gates at the end of Marchhall Crescent. Today the house is home to the Confucius Institute for Scotland which operates as an outreach centre for Chinese language and culture to the wider Scottish community.
Architect: Thomas Davies
Building Date: 1855