Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 25566 73549
325566, 673549


Circa 1700, major alterations (see Notes) James Shearer, 1950-53. 5-storey and attic 8-bay tenement with 3 curvilinear-gabled 2-window wallhead dormers to attic; bays grouped 1-3-3-1; flat-arched pend (Fisher's Close) to left. Ashlar; rubble to rear. Modern ashlar ground floor and sloping string course between ground and 1st floors; roll-moulded surround to door in 3rd bay from left, surmounted by broken pediment enclosing thistle, arms and motto (RAX ME THAT BUIK); decorative carved sign to Fisher's Close to left. Engaged octagonal stair rubble tower with ashlar dressings, long and short quoins and studded timber boarded door in roll-moulded surround to right in stone-flagged pend, giving access to 6-storey rear wing.

12-pane glazing in timber sash and case windows. Tall brick end stack to right, ashlar to left.

Statement of Special Interest

Built for Thomas Fisher, merchant. Reconstructed (interior gutted, steel-framed replacement) by Shearer as Scottish Central Library for the Carnegie Trust and opened on 5th November 1953. Rear wing adjoins 3 Victoria Terrace, Baden Powell Hall, former Primitive Methodist Chapel (separately listed). The E side of Fisher's Close is formed by the S wing of Nos 306-310 Lawnmarket (separately listed), bounded to the E by Brodie's Close. The theme of curvilinear gabled wallhead dormers continues on the adjoining tenement block at Nos 322-328 Lawnmarket, and is picked up in the late 19th century corner block at Nos 332-340 Lawnmarket.



RCAHMS EDINBURGH (1951) No 18. Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1984) p 198.

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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.

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