Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 25250 74053
325250, 674053


Circa 1775; refaced and extra storey added by Thomas Hamilton, 1829; alterations by Covell Matthews Partnership, 1974. 4-storey and attic 3-bay classical former house. Polished cream sandstone ashlar. At ground, 4-bay fluted Ionic colonnade screens glazed shopfront behind. 1st and 2nd floor windows with moulded cill course and architraves; cornices at 1st floor, and 3 flag poles. Dentilled cornice above; 3rd floor with windows set in square recesses, with further cornice and blocking course.

4-storey and raised basement dressed stone elevation to lane with modern double mansard attic.

Timber windows; 4-pane casements at 1st floor, 12-pane sash and case to upper floors. Ashlar coped skews; corniced stone stack to E, rendered to W; grey slates.

INTERIOR: outstanding, but significantly modernised; retreating pair of rooms divided by screen of paired Ionic columns, with domed saloon to rear.

Statement of Special Interest

Rebuilt as part of a unified scheme for Nos 43-45 (subsequently apparently extended to Nos 39-41, with which it shares the 2nd and 3rd floor detailing) by Thomas Hamilton, at which time Nos 43-5 were both given an Ionic colonnade at ground for William Blackwood Bookseller and T & J Blackwood, Silk mercers; it was later replaced at No 43. A central pediment for both houses was planned, but may not have been built. Used as Blackwood?s shop and office until 1972. Part of the original fabric of Edinburgh?s New Town, one of the most important and best preserved examples of urban planning in Britain. A Group with Nos 33-63 (odd nos) George Street.



Dean of Guild plans 30 July 1829. Oliphant & Porter WILLIAM BLACKWOOD AND HIS SONS. Tredey HOUSE OF BLACKWOOD. A J Youngson THE MAKING OF CLASSICAL EDINBURGH (1966) pp91-3. Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1988) p301-2. J Rock THOMAS HAMILTON ARCHITECT 1784-1858 (1984) pp49-50.

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)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. 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 legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Other than the name or address of a listed building, further details are provided for information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland does not accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered as a consequence of inaccuracies in the information provided. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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