Listed Building

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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 27152 76375
327152, 676375


James Simpson, 1892. 2-storey 13-bay office and warehouse block with domed corner feature and Renaissance details. Cream sandstone, polished ashlar front, rendered to rear. Base course; channelled ground floor; corbel course above ground floor; impost string course at ground and 1st floor; bracketted eaves cornice with blocking course; round-arched windows at ground floor with panelled aprons; stilted segmental-arched windows at 1st floor with moulded heads, divided by pilasters; roll-moulded doorways.

SW (FRONT) ELEVATION: chamfered corner bay to outer right, Venetian windows with moulded apron at ground floor, Bacchus head as keystone, foliate carving with thistles and shields to spandrels (RS & Co Ltd to left, Estd. 1846 to right), masque keystone; curved oriel at 1st floor with round-arched keystoned stepped tripartite on corbel carved with grapes and vine leaves, broken by keystone of window below, moulded spandrels above window; balustraded parapet with moulded dies, octagonal corner turret with keystoned bull?s-eye windows with bunches of grapes to spandrels to 5 faces divided by short scrolled and pedimented moulded pilasters, ogival finialled leaded cupola. Segmental-arched pend to right of centre with oriel at 1st floor detailed as above with carved acanthus leaves and grapes to corbel. Doorway with semi-circular plate glass fanlight; single window at 1st floor above. Segmental-arched tripartite doorway with pedimented pilasters to outer left bay, 2-leaf panelled door; oriel detailed similar to above at 1st floor. Single windows to remaining bays.

5 canted dormers.

NE (MARITIME LANE) ELEVATION: 4-bay with single windows and droved ashlar with cherry-caulking, 2 canted dormers. 4-storey 3-bay warehouse block with ashlar ground floor and stugged rubble above and loading doors and gable to centre bays (converted to offices) to outer right.

NW (REAR) ELEVATION: stair projection with 2 tall transomed tripartite stair windows; 3-storey warehouse behind, SW elevation weather-boarded with single storey lean-to addition.

Timber sash and case windows with plate glass glazing, timber casements to warehouse. Slate roof; coped mutual stacks.

INTERIOR: ornate interior with grape and vine theme. Tripartite inner door with etched glass panels. Open-plan ground floor with fluted Corinthian columns, compartmental ceiling with ornate cornices, timber partitions with etched glass panels, safe with original door and fittings. Carved timber stair case, etched glass to stair windows and 17th century style plaster ceiling to stair hall. Principal room at 1st floor with compartmental ceiling and elaborate grape cornice. Smaller room with oval cupola, coved ceiling decorated with plaster garlands, doves and laurel wreaths.

Statement of Special Interest

Built for Robertson Sanderson & Co, wine merchants.



Dean of Guild (Leith) 25/5/1892.

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

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