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

28-48 (EVEN NOS) WEST REGISTER STREET, FORMERLY ROYAL BANK STATIONARY WAREHOUSELB29620

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
14/12/1970
Local Authority
Edinburgh
Planning Authority
Edinburgh
Burgh
Edinburgh
NGR
NT 25738 74050
Coordinates
325738, 674050

Description

S BLOCK (FORMERLY NO 28): W Hamilton Beattie (as George Beattie and Son), 1864; later alterations at roof. Symmetrical 4-storey and attic Venetian Gothic former warehouse and printers. Polished cream sandstone. Ground floor with semi-elliptical arcade and rope moulded cornice. Pointed arch arcade to 1st and 2nd floors with dentilled cornice; teardrop-headed windows divided by pierced band; rich carving at 1st floor. Trefoil-headed windows at 3rd floor. Bracketed cornice. Canted corners with magnificent carved arched doorways (now blocked);2 windows to each floor above; pierced parapets.

S ELEVATION: 7-bay. Broad slightly projecting central bay with arched pend at ground flanked by painted bronze bas-relief portraits; polychrome treatment and single arch above; 2 windows at 3rd floor.

W ELEVATION: 6-bay return adjoining moden block.

E ELEVATION: 6-bay return adjoining NE block (see below).

Timber plate glass casement windows. Modern mansard roof with velux windows and grey slates.

NE BLOCK (FORMERLY NO 38): earlier 19th century 5-storey and attic classical corner block; 4 bays to each elevation. Droved cream sandstone ashlar. Plate glass shop windows with cornice at ground; cill bands at 1st and 2nd floors. Cornice and solid parapet. Adjoins modern block to W.

12-pane timber sash and case windows. Modern mansard roof with velux windows and grey slates (as above).

INTERIOR: converted to modern office use.

Statement of Special Interest

The Venetian building was built for Cowans the papermakers. The bronzes, by William Brodie, are portraits of them. The whole block is now one internally and has a flying link over West Register Street Lane to the adjoining office to the W.

References

Bibliography

MacRae Her 11. Wood HISTORY OF CRAMOND p11. Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1988) p331.

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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