Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site

18-20 (INCLUSIVE NOS) QUEEN STREET WITH RAILINGSLB29542

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
03/03/1966
Local Authority
Edinburgh
Planning Authority
Edinburgh
Burgh
Edinburgh
NGR
NT 25263 74165
Coordinates
325263, 674165

Description

Circa 1785. 3-storey basement and attic, 7-bay terraced classical block with pair of 2-storey and basement houses flanking tenement stair with pair of double uppers. Craigleith ashlar. V-jointed rustication at ground, polished band to 1st floor moulded cill course, droved above. Steps to principal doorpieces with moulded architraves, frieze tablet and cornice, flanking tenement door with 3-pane letterbox fanlight below blind rectangular fanlight (painted as No 20); all doors flush-panelled; plate glass fanlight to No 19, timber sunburst to No 20. Slate-hung dormers; single piended to left, 2 elegant bowed dormers to right,with bowed glazing, far right tripartite.

Timber sash and case windows; plate glass to 3 left bays, 12-pane to

4 right bays. Grey slates; dressed sandstone mutual stacks (very tall to E); ashlar-coped mutual skews.

INTERIOR:

NO 18: archway from Hall, with simple acanthus cornice, to central horseshoe stair; plain iron banisters. Dining Room with panelled dado, fine gesso chimneypiece (stripped) with fluted pilasters, later cornice; sideboard recess unusually on inner side wall. Tray rest at 1st floor; Drawing Room with panelled dado, simple acanthus cornice, fine gesso chimneypiece with fluted Corinthian pilasters and frieze, with urns and central tableau.

NO 20: similar to above; later glazed screen in Hall, with simple bracketed cornice. Dining Room with panelled dado, simple acanthus cornice, swagged gesso chimneypiece (no recess). Room to rear right with apsidal-ended inner wall, (grained) gesso chimneypiece. Drawing Room with panelled dado, simple cornice and chimneypiece (later ?).

NO 19: flats not seen 1994.

Statement of Special Interest

Sydney Smith lived at No 19. 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.

References

Bibliography

RCAHMS INVENTORY no 132. MacRae Her 38. A J Youngson THE MAKING OF CLASSICAL EDINBURGH (1966) pp79, 92.

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)

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