Listed Building

The only legal part of the listing under the Planning (Listing Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997 is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing – see 'About Listed Buildings' below for more information. The further details below the 'Address/Name of Site' are provided for information purposes only.

Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 25332 74188
325332, 674188


Circa 1785, remodelled by Thomas Purves Marwick, 1897-8. 4-storey and basement, 3-bay terraced classical house. Droved Craigleith sandstone ashlar, with later cream sandstone dressings. Regular fenestration, moulded architraves. Steps to Ionic columned porch to right; fluted doorpiece, panelled door, plate glass segmental fanlight. Corniced window with shaped apron at 1st floor above. Left bays with later broad flat-roofed canted window to basement, ground and 1st floors; chamfered arrises, cornices. Consoled windows at 2nd floor with cornice above. Later full attic storey with cornice and blocking course. Panelled door to basement with 2 glazed panes and 4-pane fanlight.

Rubble 3-bay rear elevation with full attic storey; direct access to rear from left window at ground. W angle chamfered (No 16 less deep).

Timber sash and case windows; plate glass to front; 12-pane to rear. Grey slates; stack demolished.

INTERIOR: original bracketed cornice in Hall, with later arch to central stairwell; original tight horseshoe stair with alternate decorative cast-iron banisters (anthemion motif). Dining Room with panelled dado, cornice and black slate Roman Doric columned chimneypiece with cream marble inserts, including central tablet bearing Goldsmith?s crest. At 1st floor, full width Drawing Room at front with panelled dado, simple carved 19th century chimneypiece with marble slips and dentilled cornice. 2-bay room to rear left with original cornice. Similar plan at 2nd floor. Basement extended into rear area as large room with cast-iron column supporting original rear wall.

RAILINGS: 19th century wrought-iron railings.

Statement of Special Interest

Built as a pair with No 16 (see spearate listing). Formerly the Goldsmith?s Hall, and presumably altered for them. A Group with 4-16 (inclusive nos) Queen 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; Queen Street was built to take advantage of the northern views, and has survived remarkably unaltered to this day. Garden now car park.



MacRae Her 38. Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1988) p319.


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.

If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the 1997 Act. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect subsequent legislation.

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