Old College sits at the heart of the University of Edinburgh. Work on Robert Adam�s original design began in 1789 and was completed by William Henry Playfair who created the magnificent Playfair Library. The dome, added in 1887, bears a 6ft foot high gilded bronze statue of a youth bearing �the torch of knowledge� and is affectionately nicknamed the �Golden Boy.� Meeting rooms and the main staircase contain fine paintings, including a dozen by Raeburn.
Architect: Robert Adam, Wm Playfair, Robert Rowand Anderson
Building Date: 1789-1877