The designs for this building, authored by John Adams, were accepted in
The new building would stand on the site of the Provost of Edinburghs
mansion (the place where Mary Queen of Scots would spend her last night).
It had initially been planned to make the City Chambers house several
council halls, a library and covered accomodation for a Merchants
It was only in 1893 that the local authority took sole possession of the
site. The shopping arcade which was added later was replaced by a narrower
design iin 1901 and wings were added tastefully to the building in 1934.
Prominent in the courtyard is the statue of Alexander the Great, training
his horse Bucephalus.