Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 26914 76356
326914, 676356


James Simpson, 1893, signed and dated. 4-storey and raised basement 9-bay model lodging house on sloping ground with 2-storey addition to rear. Cream sandstone with red dressings, coursed and squared rubble with droved dressings to front, squared and snecked rubble with stugged dressings to rear and sides. Tall ashlar base course with crenellation detailing; cornice above ground floor; cill band courses to all floors; eaves band and cornice.

SW (FRONT) ELEVATION: pedimented centre bay slightly advanced with tall basket-arched tripartite doorpiece, moulded reveals, panelled door, large plate glass fanlight over decorative timber brackets; ashlar panel above with inscription; 1st and 2nd floor windows corniced in ashlar panel; single window at 3rd floor. Single windows to remaining bays.

NE (REAR) ELEVATION: 2-storey brick-built service wing with piend roof to centre; single windows to remaining bays, some blocked to centre bays. Wallhead stack to left of centre.

NW ELEVATION: 3-bay; single windows; central wallhead stack.

SE ELEVATION: as above.

4-pane timber sash and case windows to ground floor, modern replacement windows above. Piend and platform slate roof with metal flashings;

3 wallhead stacks (see above). Moulded eaves gutters.

INTERIOR: not seen 1993.

Statement of Special Interest

The inscription above the front door reads ?Leith Improvement Scheme Model Lodging House erected by the Magistrates & Council, Thomas Aitken, provost, Andrew Archibald, bailie and convener. James Simpson, architect, 1893. The model lodging house movement aimed at providing cheap and well managed overnight accommodation for the many transient workers. They became widespread in the larger cities in the second half of the 19th century, with the Corporation of Glasgow at one time owning 13 model lodging houses. The building is still used as a hostel today.



O Checkland, PHILANTHROPY IN VICTORIAN SCOTLAND (Edinburgh, 1980), pp285-288.

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.

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Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned 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. For information about curtilage see 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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