Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 24929 73899
324929, 673899


Circa 1785; later alterations and additions. Large 3-storey classical corner tenement, with shops built out at corner, now converted to offices. Cream sandstone ashlar with polished dressings (stonecleaned).

GEORGE STREET ELEVATION: 2 distinct 5-bay blocks. E block with modern polished granite shopfront (canted at corners); architraved windows, corniced at 1st floor; mutuled cornice at 2nd floor, and eaves cornice and blocking course to later 4th storey; upper floors framed by long and short quoins. W block with scabbled (formerly droved) ashlar; left bay with corniced architraved door to common stair (No 108) at ground, with 2-leaf panelled door and modern radiating fanlight, plain window; right bays with architraved windows, corniced at ground and 1st floor (as above); pilastered doorpiece to centre bay with glazed door and carved radiating fanlight; plain moulded eaves cornice; 3 bipartite copper clad box dormers.

CASTLE STREET ELEVATION: 4-storey irregular 6-bay, inner right bay with blind windows. Modern shopfront continues to 3 right bays; mid 19th century corniced 3-bay shop with canted angle to left, now sub-divided; top storey later, with gabled stack, eaves cornice and blocking course.

Timber sash and case windows; plate glass to E block, 12-pane to W. Ashlar coped skews; rendered stacks; grey slates.

INTERIOR: shops modernised. Common stair at No 108 gives access to upper floors. W block with bow-ended former Dining Rooms at each floor to rear W, with tripartite window; No 110 is main door flat with stair to basement; significantly altered, but panelled dados and (later) plaster panelled walls survive; 1st floor flat with panelled dados and later stair to 2nd floor, Corinthian pilastered sideboard recess; 2nd floor flat identical, with grey marble chimneypiece in former dining room, former drawing room subdivided, further stair to similar attic flat; with fluted chimneypiece.

RAILINGS: cast-iron spearhead railings to W (surviving) basement area, and pair of wrought-iron lamp standards to principal platt.

Statement of Special Interest

Sir Walter Scott lived on the 2nd floor of No 108 after his marriage. A Group with Nos 112-128 (even nos) George Street 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.



Ainslie?s Map of 1780. A J Youngson THE MAKING OF CLASSICAL EDINBURGH (1966) pp91-3. Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1988) p306.

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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