Balmoral Hotel and North Bridge
Balmoral Hotel and North Bridge

What people said about these 12 Edinburgh landmarks when they were built

Public opinion appears to be divided on the architectural merits of the under construction centrepiece to the new St James complex: the W Hotel.

With some referring to it as the “Golden Turd”, it's safe to say the boldly-designed hotel development is not going to be universally admired – but that’s nothing new.We’ve had a trawl through the archives to find out what city residents made of 12 well-loved Edinburgh landmarks at the time when they were constructed. Spoiler alert: the response wasn’t always positive.

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