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- Category: B
- Date Added: 14/12/1970
- Local Authority: Edinburgh
- Planning Authority: Edinburgh
- Burgh: Edinburgh
National Grid Reference
- NGR: NT 26561 71975
- Coordinates: 326561, 671975
Harry Ramsay Taylor of Cousin, Ormiston and Taylor, 1909 1910 incorporating early 19th century portico by Thomas Hamilton. 2 storey, 14 bay, symmetrical, classical office building with central prostyle portico and advanced terminal pavilions. Cream sandstone ashlar, channelled at ground. Base course; dividing band course to linking blocks; cornice above ground floor windows and pilaster quoins to 1st floor to terminal pavilions; eaves course; cornice.
N (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: full height, 3 bay portico with paired Corinthian columns, stylized at ground, strip pilasters and dentilled eaves to pediment; central doorway; 2 leaf panelled door; plate glass fanlight; single window to 1st floor above and to both floors in bays to left and right. Regular fenestration to both floors to flanking
5 bay linking blocks. Single windows at ground floor to pavilions; Venetian windows to 1st floor above.
E ELEVATION: 3 bay; regular fenestration at ground; pilasters flanking blind windows with blank panels above to 1st floor.
W (SOUTH GRAY STREET) ELEVATION: 4 bay; round arched, boarded timber doorway to outer right; single window to 1st floor above; regular fenestration to both floors in remaining bays with incised panels above 1st floor windows.
12 pane, timber sash and case windows. Grey slate piended roofs to pavilion blocks; flat roofs elsewhere; coped, shouldered wallhead stacks with square, moulded cans.
INTERIOR: not seen 1996.
BOUNDARY WALL: high, coped, rubble boundary wall to Duncan Street.
Statement of Special Interest
The building housed the offices of John G Bartholomew & Son whose founder established the Royal Scottish Geographical Society in 1884. The portico was brought from Falcon Hall in Morningside (now demolished) where Bartholomew once lived.
"Historic Morningside: Lands, Mansions and Celebrities" BOOK OF THE OLD EDINBURGH CLUB VOL 24 (1942), pp95-6; John G Gray THE SOUTHSIDE STORY: AN ANTHOLOGY (1962), p76; Joe Rock Thomas Hamilton (1984), pp40-44; Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1992), p642.
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