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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.
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