#AceScotsmanNews – Dec.11: Mavisbank outside Edinburgh wins dubious honour, alongside Finnish airport, Picasso mural in Norway and Venice lagoon
A crumbling Palladian mansion outside Edinburgh, described as one of the most significant pieces of architecture of 18th-century Scotland, has the dubious honour of making the shortlist for the most endangered heritage sites in Europe.
Mavisbank, built in 1726 and designed by William Adam in collaboration with his client Sir John Clerk, was the first villa built in Scotland in the fashionable Italianate Palladian style. It fell into ruin in the 20th century, and was further damaged by fire in 1973.
A trust plans to restore the building and estate as a community asset, but the cost would be enormous, and the surviving buildings are in danger of collapse.