Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site

63-69 (ODD NOS) NORTH CASTLE STREET AND 59 QUEEN STREET WITH RAILINGSLB28468

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
03/03/1966
Local Authority
Edinburgh
Planning Authority
Edinburgh
Burgh
Edinburgh
NGR
NT 24930 74054
Coordinates
324930, 674054

Description

Circa 1795; 20th century alterations and additions. 3-storey basement and attic classical corner tenement incorporating house in Castle Street. Droved cream ashlar sandstone with polished dressings.

CASTLE STREET ELEVATION: 3-bay house to right; channelled rustication at ground, cill course at 1st floor, long and short quoins; 9-panel door in pilastered Venetian doorpiece with radiating fanlight, framed by pilasters and cornice (whole painted); common stair bay slightly set back to left, door with cornice, architrave and plate glass rectangular fanlight; single mutuled cornice and roof unites all 4 bays; piend-roofed earlier 19th century tripartite dormer to right.

To N, lower plain 5-bay block with gable over 3 left bays; considerable stone repairs, including cement patching; long and short quoins at corner. Later corniced doorway to shop at inner right bay, shop window to right; blind windows to centre bay of gable; pair of windows in gablehead and piend-roofed tripartite dormer to right. Single storey porch canted across corner; simplified tripartite doorway with round headed plate glass fanlight, framing pilasters and cornice returning along sides and solid parapet; low screen walls to platt with terminal piers.

QUEEN STREET ELEVATION: 3-storey basement and attic, 3-bay; band course above ground, cill course at 1st floor; long and short quoins at corner. Original tripartite pilastered doorway to left, with round-headed metal fanlight and framing pilasters and cornice, now partly blocked and glazed as window. Eaves cornice; pair of late 19th century piend-roofed canted dormers. Arched window at basement.

Timber sash and case windows; plate glass, 4-pane and 12-pane. Stone stacks, rendered to gable, rebuilt at Queen Street; ashlar coped skews; grey slates.

INTERIOR: tenement formerly with bank at ground, now restaurant; single flat at 1st floor and double upper above (now offices); panelled dados and some original carved chimneypieces; various slappings; upper stair with turned and blocked timber banisters.

Statement of Special Interest

Listed at Category A as a significant surviving part of the original fabric of Edinburgh's New Town, one of the most important and best preserved examples of urban planning in Britain.

References

Bibliography

MacRae Her 38. A J Youngson THE MAKING OF CLASSICAL EDINBURGH (1966) p92. Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1988) p292.

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)

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