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1A UPPER DEAN TERRACE AND 2 DANUBE STREET, INCLUDING RAILINGS AND LAMP STANDARDLB28646

Status: Designated

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Summary

Information

  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 27/10/1965

Location

  • Local Authority: Edinburgh
  • Planning Authority: Edinburgh
  • Burgh: Edinburgh

National Grid Reference

  • NGR: NT 24443 74357
  • Coordinates: 324443, 674357

Description

James Milne, 1824. Prominent 3-storey and basement, 5-bay corner tenement in plain classical style with low and wide wallhead stacks; ground falling away to NE revealing basement. Sandstone ashlar, rusticated at ground floor. Entrance platts oversailing basement area recess to street. Banded base course; banded cill course at 1st floor; corniced cill course at 2nd floor; corniced eaves course with blocking course above. Inset doorways; timber doors and rectangular fanlights Moulded architraved windows at 1st floor.

NW (REAR) ELEVATION: coursed rubble with droved ashlar rybats, lintels and cills. Roughly regular fenestration.

Predominant 12-pane glazing pattern in timber sash and case windows. Double-pitched roof; grey slates. Corniced ashlar wallhead stacks with large fielded panel; corniced ashlar ridge stack; some clay cans. Cast iron railing edging basement area recess and garden to street, incorporating decorative lamp standard with large bowl shade.

INTERIOR: (selection of interiors seen 2010) decorative classical scheme, characterised by intricate plasterwork and large drawing rooms. Decorative cornicing to principal rooms, some ceiling roses and some large marble fireplaces. Working window shutters. Some later subdivision.

Statement of Special Interest

1A Upper Dean Terrace and 2 Danube Street is a prominent corner block occupying an important site overlooking the Water of Leith and marking the entrance into Danube Street (see separate listing). The design is well proportioned, with fine architectural detailing such as corniced 1st floor windows. The design is a major example of early to mid nineteenth century urban classicism in Edinburgh, forming part of the development of the land of Sir Henry Raeburn and designed by prominent architect James Milne. The building is an integral part of Edinburgh's New Town, which is an outstanding example of classical urban planning that was influential throughout Britain and Europe.

Henry Raeburn was born in Stockbridge and acquired the house and grounds of Deanhaugh through marriage, before adding adjacent land at St Bernard's. He occupied St Bernard's House until his death in 1823 when it was demolished to accommodate the growing residential development of the estate, making space for the eastern side of Carlton Street. The authorship of James Milne for the whole development is not certain, but the elevations for the principal streets bear the characteristic features of his designs elsewhere, such as Lynedoch place (see separate listing) where the street fronting gardens found on Ann Street are also used.

James Milne was an architect and mason working in Edinburgh between 1809 and 1834 (when he moved to Newcastle). His other works in Edinburgh also include Lynedoch Place and Saxe-Coburg Place (see separate listings). Milne was also the author of The Elements of Architecture only the 1st volume of which was published in Edinburgh in 1812.

(List description updated at re-survey 2012).

References

Bibliography

Ordnance Survey, Large Scale Town Plan (1849 ' 53). Ordnance Survey, Large Scale Town Plan (1893-4). J Gifford, C McWilliam, D M Walker, The Buildings of Scotland: Edinburgh (1988) p407. A J Youngson, The Making of Classical Edinburgh (1988) pp271-2. H Colvin, A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 (1995) p658. Richard Roger, The Transformation of Edinburgh: Land, Property and Trust in the Nineteenth Century (2004) p248.

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