Listed Building

The only legal part of the listing under the Planning (Listing Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997 is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing – see 'About Listed Buildings' below for more information. The further details below the 'Address/Name of Site' are provided for information purposes only.

Address/Name of Site

29 AND 31 GEORGE STREET AND 69 HANOVER STREET, CLYDESDALE BANK WITH RAILINGSLB28831

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
13/01/1966
Local Authority
Edinburgh
Planning Authority
Edinburgh
Burgh
Edinburgh
NGR
NT 25351 74066
Coordinates
325351, 674066

Description

David Bryce, 1841-2 and 1847-8. Grand 3-storey and basement 5-bay Graeco-Roman bank on corner site with ground falling away to N. Polished cream sandstone ashlar. Closely spaced bays; windows separated by pilasters at ground, and giant order Corinthian pilasters at 1st and 2nd floors; entablature and balustraded parapet. Consoled ashlar balcony and balustrade at 1st floor. 1st floor windows framed by Doric half pilasters with entablature; 2nd floor windows architraved with cill course between pilasters.

GEORGE STREET ELEVATION: 5-bay; end bays projecting at ground with porticoes to upper floors with fluted Corinthian columns. Door at centre.

HANOVER STREET ELEVATION: 7-bay, flanked by further blank half bays; that to right with arched aedicule at ground (now containing cash dispenser, and approached by reinstated balustraded steps); that to left with similarly detailed, but more elaborate, porch with shell in tympanum and acroteria. Vermiculated ashlar wall to basement area with cast-iron railings.

Timber sash and case windows; plate glass at ground, 15-pane at 1st floor, 12-pane at 2nd floor. Corniced stacks; grey slates.

INTERIOR: tall single storey banking hall with trabeated ceiling.

Statement of Special Interest

The S half, to George Street, built initially for the Edinburgh and Leith Bank and later extended by Bryce (when in partnership with William Burn) for the reincarnation of the bank as the Edinburgh and Glasgow Bank; this extension included 71 Hanover Street (see separate listing). The area to the front of the bank has been swept away, and the steps to the cash dispenser are a recent reinstatement, appearing on the original drawings.

References

Bibliography

BUILDER 27 May 1876. THE BUILDER 10 November 1883. APSD. Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1988) p299. Valerie Fiddes and Alistair Rowan MR DAVID BRYCE 1803-1876 (1976) p93. C McKean EDINBURGH RIAS Guide (1992) p94. Dean of Guild plans 6 May, 16 June 1841.

About Listed Buildings

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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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