Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 26561 71975
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.

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). 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 only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. 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 Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. 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 current legislation.

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