Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Group Category Details
100000019 - see notes
Date Added
Supplementary Information Updated
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 23973 73247
323973, 673247


John Chesser, later 19th century. Pair of 2-storey with basement, 2-bay plain classical houses with piend-roofed canted bays. Polished, coursed, sandstone ashlar, droved at basement. Base course; cill course to 1st floor; recessed panels above lights to canted bay at ground floor; corniced doorpiece comprising abbreviated pilasters flanking margin-framed doorway; dentilled cornice; mutual skew.

W (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: panelled timber door and fanlight, flanked on left by small window, beneath entrance platt to bay to left at basement of each house; light to each face of canted bay at right of each house, all floors; part-glazed and panelled timber entrance doors (to Nos 2 and 3 respectively) with rectangular fanlights to doorpieces at bay to left at ground; single windows above.

2-pane timber sash and case windows. Grey slate roof; coped, rendered gablehead stack at rear with moulded cans; cast-iron rainwater goods.

RAILINGS: ashlar steps and oversailing entrance platt to each house; fleur-de-lys iron railings to platts and, set in coping, to street.

Statement of Special Interest

Part of New Town A-Group. Seemingly the work of John Chesser, although the street as a whole was originally conceived as the southern entrance to Grosvenor and Lansdowne Crescents, the overall scheme of which was devised by Robert Matheson. It is likely that the houses on this side of Rosebery Street were built after Matheson's 12-21 Lansdowne Crescent of 1865. Although a storey lower in height than the other buildings on this side of the street, continuity is maintained by the use of common features, namely, identical doorpieces, recessed panels, and dentilled cornices. Matheson was the Surveyor of Works in Scotland and had purchased the West Coates estate in 1860 as an investment. Chesser was the Superintendent of Works for Heriot's Trust.



OS Map 1877; THE LATE MR ROBERT MATHESON in THE BUILDER March 10, 1877, p250; OBITUARY - MR JOHN CHESSER in THE BUILDER February 20, 1892, p146; J Gifford, C McWilliam and D Walker, EDINBURGH (Buildings of Scotland series), (1984), pp 361, 362, 368, 378.

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