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

39 AND 39A QUEEN STREET AND 64 AND 66 FREDERICK STREET WITH RAILINGSLB29554

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
03/03/1966
Supplementary Information Updated
29/11/2018
Local Authority
Edinburgh
Planning Authority
Edinburgh
Burgh
Edinburgh
NGR
NT 25076 74110
Coordinates
325076, 674110

Description

1789; earlier 19th century shopfronts. 3-storey on raised basement and attic classical tenement on corner site, with shops at ground. Droved cream sandstone ashlar with polished dressings. Long and short rusticated quoins; eaves cornice. Painted timber shopfronts (as ashlar) with full entablature.

QUEEN STREET ELEVATION: 5-bay. Pair of 3- and 2-bay shops at pavement/raised basement level; inset entrances framed by quadrant columns, with 2-leaf panelled storm doors; that at 39a with panelled and glazed inner door with bevelled glass. Pair of large piend-roofed canted dormers.

FREDERICK STREET ELEVATION: broad irregular 4-bay gable with single bay to S. Shop on corner at basement to right. Steps to 2 doors to 2 left bays of gable; that to right (No 66) larger, to ground floor flat with splayed reveals, pilasters, fluted frieze with rosettes and cornice; 9-panelled door with plate glass fanlight; that to left (No 64) to common stair, architraved and corniced; pair of full-sized windows to gablehead. Bay to left with canted oriel window at ground with cornice and blocking course; bipartite slate-hung box dormer.

Timber sash and case 12-pane windows (plate glass to Queen Street at ground, and oriel). Aslar coped skews; stone stacks; grey slates.

INTERIOR: shops plain or modernised. Ground floor flat (No 66) with internal steps making up level to hallway with fluted pilastered arch; 2 rooms to Queen Street - 2-bay to W with sideboard recess facing window, framed by fluted pilasters and festooned frieze, with plaster panelled walls, panelled dado and simple carved chimneypiece - 3-bay to E with further window on E wall next to neo-Greek chimneypiece, panelled dado; room with oriel window with fine carved chimnepiece with panelled pilasters bearing urns and central foliate panel; further small room with festooned chimneypiece.

RAILINGS: cast-iron railings.

Statement of Special Interest

Built by Robert Wright and James Tait. 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

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.

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