In the latest development of the successful fundraising campaign to restore Riddle's Court, Edinburgh's secret paper sculptor, who has anonymously donated artworks across the city since 2011 to raise awareness of good causes, has donated a beautiful paper replica of the 16th century merchant's house which is set behind the Royal Mile. The delicate artwork was delivered in an intriguing box, wrapped in string with a message which read “In support of Libraries, Books and Ideas …especially good ones….Vivendo Discimus “. Clearly inspired by pioneering town planner and polymath Patrick Geddes this short stop motion film shows the intricate work in progress http://vimeo.com/107642422
Built in 1590 by Baillie John McMorran, Riddles Court has fascinated people for over 400 years thanks to its architecture and its chequered history. A magistrate and one of Edinburgh's wealthiest citizens, McMorran was shot and killed by a schoolboy when he attended a pupil protest at the city's Royal High School, but not before he had hosted King James VI and Queen Anne of Denmark at Riddle's Court. Over the years both Lord Chancellor Alexander Seton and the philosopher David Hume lived at Riddle's Court and by 1881 it was providing slum dwellings for some 247 people before Sir Patrick Geddes took it over and created a University Hall with its motto VIVENDO DISCIMUS – by living we learn. In the modern era Stephen Fry, Dame Maggie Smith and many others have performed at Riddle's Court during the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.
In 2011 The Scottish Historic Buildings Trust launched a project to restore the building and to create The Patrick Geddes Centre for Learning and Conservation. This transformation will take approximately two years and will involve restoring the historic rooms to their former glory, repairing the roof and external fabrics, plus installing new energy efficient services and upgrading equipment and facilities. Riddle's Court, Edinburgh (Old Town)
Having already successful raised £5m of the £5.6m needed, the Scottish Historic Building Trust is now in the final stages of its fundraising campaign to save and transform the building. We therefore would dearly like assistance to raise the final £600,000 to allow us to start the regeneration of this very important building. SUPPORT-The Patrick Geddes Centre