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

49, 49A, 50 AND 50A QUEEN STREETLB29559

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 24998 74094
324998, 674094


Circa 1790; mid 19th century alterations to No 49. Pair of 3-storey basement and attic, 3-bay former terraced classical houses. Droved Craigleith sandstone ashlar. Polished square cut rustication at ground; cill course at 1st floor. Regular fenestration, polished margin drafts. Flush-panelled doors; No 49 with decorative metal fanlight and later Roman Doric columned porch with triglyph frieze; full-width slate-hung box dormer with 2 windows. No 50 with 2 bowed dormers; that to left tripartite. Baements with flush-panelled doors and 3-pane fanlights.

Rubble rear elevations with projecting closet tower at centre flanked by irregular bays; No 49 3-storey with mansard roof, tripartite window to left at ground and 1st floor; No 50 raised 1 storey with roof terrace and garret dormer.

Timber sash and case windows; 12-pane, plate glass to ground and 1st floor of No 50; 16-pane to dormers (plate glass casements to left dormer of No 50); grey slates.

INTERIOR: No 49 with 19th century compartmentalised ceiling and Greek key cornice to Entrance Hall, modern plate glass screen; consoled archway to central stairhall with original cornice. Compact curving cantilevered stair with square iron banisters; circular cupola. Former Dining Room with panelled dado and later plaster panelled walls, heavy Greek key and egg and dart cornice, fluted Cornithian pilasters supporting beam, and sideboard recess; black slate chimneypiece. Rear right room with 19th century cornice and reeded marble chimneypiece. At 1st floor very tight landing; former Drawing Room with brown veined marble chimneypiece; pair of double doors with cornices and clasping pilasters. Rear rooms joined to form L-plan, with 19th century cornice and chimneypiece to match that at front. 2nd floor landing with fluted Cornithian pilasters to passage (perhaps re-used from elsewhere?); consoled archway to attic stair.

No 50 with later glazed screen in Hall, consoled archway to stairhall, similar to above but stair is aligned with hallway. Shallow former Dining Room with sideboard recess, 19th century chimneypiece. Rear right room with arched recess and tripartite window. At 1st floor, former Drawing Room with swagged frieze to cornice and corniced doors with clasping pilasters, plain 19th century chimneypiece; temporary partitions. At 2nd floor access to office and attic flat above No 51.

RAILINGS AND LAMP STANDARDS: cast-iron spearhead railings; pair of cast-iron lamp standards to No 49.

Statement of Special Interest

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. The 2nd floor and attic above No 51 (formerly a single house - see separate listing) are now accessed through No 50, and are addressed as No 50. The houses which flank this pair, Nos 48 and 51, are a pair (see separate listings), which suggests that the whole run was built by the same builder, or at least on the same feu.



RCAHMS INVENTORY no 132. MacRae Her 38. Kirkwood?s Map of 1819.


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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