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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 27173 76500
327173, 676500


1873. 3-storey and attic irregular-plan Baronial corner office block on acute corner site. Cream sandstone, polished ashlar to ground floor of front elevation, squared and snecked stugged rubble above with polished dressings, stugged dressings to rear. Base course; moulded string course above tall ground floor; moulded impost course at 1st floor rising to hoodmoulds over openings; shouldered-arched stop- chamfered openings at ground and 1st floor; 2nd floor windows to NE breaking eaves with finialled gableheads and kneelers; ashlar mullions.

NE (BERNARD STREET) ELEVATION: 5-bay including curved corner bay to outer right; centre bay blank with wallhead stack linked to roof (rendered) and corbelled above 1st floor over machicolations, blank panel with hoodmould stepping over at 2nd floor. Bays to left and right of centre with bipartite windows at ground and 1st floor; windows at 2nd floor. Tall entrance doorway to outer left with hoodmould stepping over blank panel, label-stops with masks of Bacchus and Neptune, string course stepping over hoodmould; bipartite window at 1st floor with string course stepping over blank panel; window at 2nd floor; gabled bargeboarded dormer with kingpost and finial. Curved corner bay to outer right with ground floor slightly recessed, bipartite windows at ground and 1st floor; 2nd floor corbelled to square with bipartite window, blank panel and hoodmould stepping over and small shouldered-arch window in gablehead.

NW (CARPET LANE) ELEVATION: 4-bay (excluding curved corner bay); bay to right of centre with bipartite windows to ground and 1st floor; single window at 2nd floor. Bay to outer right with single windows and small bipartite window at intermediary floor above 1st floor. Bay to left of centre blank with tall and broad shouldered wallhead stack linked to roof (rendered) and corbelled above 1st floor, small windows in gablehead. Bay to outer left as bay to right of centre.

Timber sash and case windows, mostly plate glass glazing, some 4- and 9-pane windows to rear, lower sashes of ground floor windows with etched glass. Slate roof with metal flashings; 2 wallhead stacks (see above). Moulded eaves gutter.

INTERIOR: offices at ground floor with heavily dentilled cornices, vestibule and stairway altered.

Statement of Special Interest

Built as Leith Merchants?s Club.



Gifford et al, EDINBURGH (1984), p471.

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