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

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. 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 legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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 1997 Act. 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 subsequent legislation.

Listed building consent is required for changes to a listed building which affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest. The relevant planning authority is the point of contact for applications for listed building consent.

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