David Rhind

1808 - 1883

Architect. Born in Edinburgh, Rhind trained with the architectural practice of Augustus Pugin in London. Rhind's notable buildings include the Commercial Bank of Scotland in George Street (Edinburgh), which is now The Dome cafe and bar and, also another Roman-style building for the Commercial Bank, in Gordon Street (Glasgow). In Edinburgh's Chambers Street, Rhind was responsible for the old Watt Institution (now part of the Edinburgh Sheriff Court complex). He came close to winning the competition for the rebuilding the Houses of Parliament in London (which was won by his old master Pugin and built between 1840-7), but Rhind was able to re-use his design for Daniel Stewart's College in Edinburgh.

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