Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site

1 AND 1A ABERCROMBY PLACE, AND 20-24 (EVEN NOS) DUBLIN STREET INCLUDING RAILINGS AND LAMPLB28209

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Group Category Details
100000019 - See notes
Date Added
14/12/1970
Local Authority
Edinburgh
Planning Authority
Edinburgh
Burgh
Edinburgh
NGR
NT 25569 74372
Coordinates
325569, 674372

Description

William Cuthbertson and James Dobson, 1809, with later 19th century alterations. 3-storey, attic and basement, 5-bay terraced tenement, with basement built out as shop front, to left, 2-bay wallhead gable at near centre. Broached ashlar sandstone. Band course between basement and principal floor; projecting cills to windows at 1st, 2nd, and 3rd floors and attic; dentilled cornice and blocking course at 3rd floor. Raised long and short quoins. Ashlar steps and entrance platts oversailing basement at E elevation.

N (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: advanced pilastered later 19th century shop front spanning bays at principal floor, with scrolled brackets supporting mutuled cornice; recessed glazed door at centre, with geometric plate glass windows in remaining bays. Regular fenestration to floors above, grouped 1-2-2. Nepus gable at wallhead over bays to centre and penultimate left, with stack.

E (DUBLIN STREET) ELEVATION: 7-bay elevation, comprising 4-bay gable to right, 3-bay terrace to left. Pilastered doorpieces, with cornices in bays 3rd and 4th from left, and in penultimate bay from right; panelled timber common stair door with blind rectangular fanlight in 4th bay from right; 9-panel timber doors with plate glass rectangular fanlights to remaining doorpieces. Windows in remaining bays at principal floor; regular fenestration to floors above and to basement, with cills lowered in 3 bays to left at 1st floor.

S ELEVATION: adjoining terrace, see separate listing (18 and 18A Dublin Street)

W ELEVATION: adjoining terrace, see separate listing (2-7 Abercromby Place).

Predominantly 12-pane timber sash and case windows; decorative window guards in 3 bays to left at 1st floor and 2 bays to right at attic, to E elevation. Grey slate roofs; 2-bay rectangular dormers to right, box dormer to left; box dormer to right and recessed rectangular dormer to left, at E elevation. Cast-iron rainwater goods. Broached ashlar gablehead and ridge stacks; coped, with circular cans.

INTERIORS: not seen, but some evidence of working panelled shutters.

RAILINGS: ashlar copes surmounted by cast-iron railings with spear-headed balusters and urn finials. Cast-iron railing-mounted lamp.

Statement of Special Interest

Part of the Second New Town A Group, a significant surviving part of one of the most important and best preserved examples of urban planning in Britain. Nos 1 and 1A Abercromby Place and 20-24 Dublin Street are approximately symmetrical with 1 and 1A Albany Street and 23-27 Dublin Street opposite, built by George Winton in 1802. The nepus gable is an interesting inclusion of traditional Scottish detail, surprising in a Second New Town building.

References

Bibliography

Youngson, THE MAKING OF CLASSICAL EDINBURGH (1966), pp207-8, 210; Gifford, McWilliam and Walker, EDINBURGH (1984), p339; McKean, EDINBURGH (1992), pp112-13; MacRae Heritors 38; Register of Sasines.

About Listed Buildings

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