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 25116 74122
325116, 674122


Circa 1785; late 19th century shopfront. 3-storey on raised basement and attic classical tenement on corner site. Droved cream sandstone ashlar with polished dressings; long and short quoins; eaves cornice. Raised basement built out with glazed arcaded timber shopfront with slender columns and panelled pilasters; entablature and solid parapet supporting varied assortment of urns, lions heads and eagles, entrance marked by busts of Burns (removed 1995) and Scott.

QUEEN STREET ELEVATION: 4-bay. 6-bay shopfront with set-in door at centre right (bays of different widths). Full-width slate-hung box dormer with full entablature; pair of large canted windows with central pediments flank central tripartite window (multi-pane upper sashes).

FREDERICK STREET ELEVATION: 4-bay gable with 2 further bays to S. Shop continues around gable terminating with elaborate broken pedimented doorway with panelled pilasters (as above) and 2-leaf panelled door as porch to ground floor flat; upper architraved and corniced section of original door survives on elevation. Centre left bay of gable blank;

2 attic windows in gablehead. Corniced slate hung dormer to S pitch of gable, in gulley, with windows to S and W. 2 S bays with steps to architraved corniced doorway with plate glass fanlight and 2-leaf panelled doors to left bay; slightly inset piend-roofed tripartite dormer to right.

Timber sash and case plate glass windows (multi-pane to dormers). Ashlar coped skews; rendered stacks; grey slates.

INTERIOR: shop with good brass door furniture; variety of cast-iron columns, finned capitals, Corinthian capitals in basement; lining boards to window space; rooms still defined but slapped together. Compact curving cantilevered common stair (No 63) to flats at upper floors. 1st and 2nd floor flats with fine detailing throughout; panelled dados and carved chimneypieces to N (Queen Street) rooms and old secondary casements; hallways with stove niches and arch; secondary rooms with corniced chimneypieces; stone flags survive to former kitchen at 1st floor.

RAILINGS: cast-iron railings to Frederick Street.

Statement of Special Interest

The bust of Burns was a cast of a John Steell portrait. 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.



RCAHMS INVENTORY no 132. MacRae Her 38. A J Youngson THE MAKING OF CLASSICAL EDINBURGH (1966) pp79, 92. Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1988) p320.

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.

Listed building consent is required for changes to a listed building which affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest. The relevant planning authority is the point of contact for applications for listed building consent.

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