Listed Building

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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 25510 73494
325510, 673494


Smith and Hardy, 1862, and George Roberts, 1866, with later alterations (see Notes). 3-storey (later Mansard) 21-bay terrace of tenements with shops to ground floor, flats above, curved to line of Johnston Terrace, and to Victoria Terrace to rear. Lightly droved ashlar (painted to ground); squared and snecked stugged sandstone to rear. Dividing bands between ground and 1st floors and between 1st and 2nd floors; eaves cornice and blocking course. Roll-moulded surrounds to windows. 9-bay block to left: 3 storeys to Johnston Terrace, 5 storeys to Victoria Terrace; 3 bays to outer left pedimented front and rear. 6-bay block to centre: 4 storeys and mansard-roofed attic to Johnston Terrace; 6 storeys to Victoria Terrace (sweeping curve, dividing band between 2nd and 3rd floors). 6-bay block to right: 3-storeys and mansard-roofed attic to Johnston Terrace; 5 storeys to Victoria Terrace. Regularly fenestrated. Timber panelled doors to flats with plate glass fanlights; 2-leaf timber panelled storm doors to shops.

4-pane glazing in timber sash and case windows. Grey slates. Tall end and axial corniced ashlar stacks with circular cans.

Statement of Special Interest

Important townscape feature. The curved terrace leading to the Lawnmarket has a good original run of shops; the tall sweeping curve of the rear elevation forms an effective backdrop to Victoria Street and the Grassmarket. The Dean of Guild drawings show that the 1st 3 bays to left at Johnston Terrace, in their present form but without the pediment, were designed by Smith and Hardy as a warehouse for Archibald Little; the 18 bays to right were designed and built by George Roberts. Johnston Terrace formed the principal element of Thomas Hamilton's plan for the new Western Approach to the city. Hamilton was appointed architect to the Commissioners of the 1827 Improvement Act, and carried out the 2 major town planning initiatives for which they were responsible - the W approach - King's Bridge and Johnston Terrace, and the S approach - George IV Bridge, and the link to the Grassmarket - Victoria Street. Hamilton was replaced as architect to the Commissioners in 1834 by George Smith.



Dean of Guild 29th September 1862 and 20th December 1866. Appears on 1877 OS map. Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1984) p 230.

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)

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.

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The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. 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.

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