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The AHF appreciates that neglected buildings which are all too familiar in our towns, cities and countryside can, with a little imagination and a lot of enthusiasm, be rescued to become assets for their communities by people wanting to make a difference. The AHF has helped hundreds of organisations throughout the UK to do exactly that.

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A Royal unveiling for Riddle's Court

Architectural Heritage Fund


Riddle’s Court is a unique survival: an A-listed 16th Century courtyard house set behind the Royal Mile close to Edinburgh Castle.  The property contains significant architectural features documenting its 400 year history including a rare late 16th Century painted beam ceiling, an early 17th Century plaster ceiling and a late 19th Century ceiling by TK Bonnar. 

Over the centuries the building has been a merchant's house, a venue for a banquet held by King James VI, aristocratic apartments, overcrowded tenements, a Mechanics Subscription Library, a University Hall developed by Patrick Geddes, emergency post-war housing, a Community Learning Centre, and an Edinburgh Fringe Festival venue. 

Since 2009, the AHF has been supporting Scottish Historic Buildings Trust in its efforts to rejuvenate the building, first with an Options Appraisal Grant in 2008, a further Project Development Grant in 2010, and a loan offer of up to £500,000 in 2013.

In early September the completion of the rejuvenation of the building as the Patrick Geddes Centre was marked by a tour for HRH Prince Charles, Duke of Rothesay, who unveiled a plaque to commemorate the occasion on 8th September 2017.


Find out more about the regeneration project

Find out more about the Patrick Geddes Centre