Built by Sir James Clerk in the mid 18th-century, Penicuik House is one of the finest examples of the Palladian architectural style in Scotland. In 1899, the house was gutted by fire, which destroyed the roof and interiors. It was not rebuilt and its condition gradually deteriorated.
The client, a Preservation Trust, established in 1985, prevented demolition of the ruin and started a successful 20-year preservation project.
Despite the dangers, existing walls were consolidated and protected from water saturation. The important architectural features of the house have been repaired, including the portico and steps on the north elevation, the impressive masonry arch above the entrance hall and the two pencheck staircases.
£ 4.5 M
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