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Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 08/12/1987
  • Supplementary Information Updated: 28/03/1996


  • Local Authority: Edinburgh
  • Planning Authority: Edinburgh
  • Burgh: Edinburgh

National Grid Reference

  • NGR: NT 25714 74077
  • Coordinates: 325714, 674077


Leslie Graham Thomson, with Arthur Davis (Mewes and Davis) as consultant, 1936-42. 4-storey and mezzanine, 7-bay. Massive austere cubic palazzo bank on corner site with portico in antis; H-plan, double height banking hall joining front and rear blocks. Polished cream sandstone ashlar. Rusticated to ground and mezzanine with cornice above; balustraded aprons to 1st floor windows. 3rd floor string course. Cornice and balustraded parapet conceal roof.

ST ANDREW SQUARE ELEVATION: rusticated at ground and mezzanine, with arched windows at ground; giant distyle Roman Doric portico in antis at centre. 3 central windows at 1st floor architraved and corniced.

WEST REGISTER STREET ELEVATION: as above; recessed centre to upper floors. Later flying link across lane.

INTERIOR: finely detailed and preserved inter-war marbled modern, by Thomson and F J Connell. Boardrooms on top floors. Concave marble architraves and dados, simple moulded cornices throughout. Entrance block with spectacular top-lit circular atrium at centre, with brass balcony at each floor; pilastered entrance to banking hall now blocked. Marble Banking Hall with giant Ionic pilasters and series of engraved windows; now divided by suspended floors and ceiling.

Statement of Special Interest

An American inspired compostion built for the National Bank.



Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1988) p327. C McKean THE SCOTTISH THIRTIES (1987) p105. SCOTSMAN 22 June 1942.

About Designations

Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The statutory listing address is the legal part of the listing. The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. For information about curtilage see Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. 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 Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. 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 current legislation.

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