Contrary to popular belief, Edinburgh has never been a city prepared to stand still and preserve itself in aspic.
This was especially true between the wars when the art deco style first began to emerge. Worldwide, art deco was viewed as fresh and cutting-edge. It was a hip new style which scores of Scottish towns and cities were quick to adopt.
In the 1930s Edinburgh’s architects were only too happy to inject a little white-washed ‘art moderne’ into Modern Athens, and while there have been many notable casualties in the 80-odd years since (Portobello’s open-air pool and the Embassy Cinema at Boswall Parkway spring immediately to mind), there are still a healthy number of art deco survivors in Edinburgh today.