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56 AND 58 GEORGE STREET WITH RAILINGSLB28870

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
13/01/1966
Supplementary Information Updated
28/03/1996
Local Authority
Edinburgh
Planning Authority
Edinburgh
Burgh
Edinburgh
NGR
NT 25219 73975
Coordinates
325219, 673975

Description

Circa 1775; earlier 19th shop at ground. 3-storey and basement, 4-bay classical tenement with shop at ground. Droved cream sandstone ashlar (stonecleaned) with polished dressings; rusticated quoins. Common stair door to left; 3-bay shopfront to right with splayed steps to corniced door and windows advanced and architraved. Decorative cast-iron balconies at 2nd floor. Piend-roofed earlier 19th century canted dormer to right.

Projecting rubble gable to rear.

Timber sash and case 12-pane windows. Roof piended to E; large stone stack to E; grey slates.

INTERIOR: divided former 1st floor Drawing Room with original enriched plaster ceiling.

PIERS AND RAILINGS: early 20th century cast-iron railings to front and steps; ashlar piers.

Statement of Special Interest

No 60 is of the same build. The piended roof is in deference to the Assembly Rooms. Listed at Category A as a significant 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. A Group with Nos 30-60 (even nos) George Street. No 58 was formerly the shop and office of the decorators Thomas Bonnar and Son.

References

Bibliography

Ainslie's Map of 1780. Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1988) p302. A J Youngson THE MAKING OF CLASSICAL EDINBURGH (1966) pp91-3.

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