Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 25013 73966
325013, 673966


Original house circa 1780; reconstructed by Thomas Hamilton, 1833; shop interior A W McNaughton, 1900; restored by Robert Hurd & Partners 1980-82. 4-storey, 4-bay classical office. Polished cream ashlar sandstone. Rebuilt ashlar shopfront projects at ground with 4 full-height multi-pane glazed windows (that to right as door) and dentilled cornice. Arched windows at 1st floor, with slender cast-iron columns supporting balcony above. Architraved windows at 2nd floor, with decorative cast-iron railing to balcony. Dentilled cornice with 4th/attic storey of arcaded windows between piers; cornice and blocking course.

Timber sash and case multi-pane glazing. Rebuilt ashlar stacks; grey slates.

INTERIOR: Corinthian detailing. Front room at 1st floor with Greek revival detailing; panelled walls and marble chimneypiece.

Statement of Special Interest

McNaughton?s portico and other external alterations were removed during reinstatement of Hamilton?s scheme in 1980; the door to the upper floors was formerly to the left, with 3-bay shopfront to right; it also seems likely that the balcony was originally cast-iron rather than stone. Formerly the grocer?s shop of A Melrose and Co (who lived above) and whose fine saloon to the rear was demolished in 1980. A Group with No 91 George Street as a surviving part of the original fabric of Edinburgh?s New Town, one of the most important and best preserved examples of urban planning in Britain.



Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1988) p303. Joe Rock THOMAS HAMILTON ARCHITECT 1784- 1858 (1984). Dean of Guild 18th July 1833.

About Listed Buildings

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