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

96 GEORGE STREET, FREEMASONS' HALLLB30024

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
12/12/1974
Supplementary Information Updated
28/03/1996
Local Authority
Edinburgh
Planning Authority
Edinburgh
Burgh
Edinburgh
NGR
NT 25010 73903
Coordinates
325010, 673903

Description

A Hunter Crawford, 1910-12. Imposing 3-storey and attic, 6-bay classical freemason?s hall. Silvery-grey polished sandstone ashlar.

2 centre bays slightly advanced. Rusticated at ground with small voussoired windows, and base course; at centre Roman Doric doorpiece with coupled columns, triglyph frieze and entablature; latticed bronze doors lead to internal porch with 3-bay arcaded glazed doors. Giant order of channelled Doric pilasters to upper floors; windows architraved. At 1st floor, windows corniced, with balustrading between piers; figure of St Andrew by Harry Snell Gamley at centre. Panelled vents between 1st and 2nd floors. Entablature with modillioned cornice; balustraded parapet and urns. Mansard roof with 6 pedimented timber dormers behind parapet.

Hall to lane with shaped ashlar gable. Glazed bricks to rear elevations of upper floors.

Timber sash and case windows; 15-pane at 1st floor, 12-pane at ground and 2nd. Ashlar coped skews; corniced ashlar stacks; grey slates.

INTERIOR: sumptuous and well preserved. Vestibule lined in grey Echaillon marble, with black marble columns; staircase with superimposed orders. Hall; 5-bay temple with low aisles; original pendent wreath light fittings; woodwork by Scott Morton, including oak case for Brindley & Foster?s organ, 1913.

Statement of Special Interest

Crawford?s most important work; soon after he became the house architect of the family firm of bakers. It replaced an earlier hall by David Bryce, and includes sculpture by John Thomas.

References

Bibliography

Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1988) p330. Valerie Fiddes and Alistair Rowan MR DAVID BRYCE 1803-1876 (1976) pp95-6. Rupert GUNNIS DICTIONARY OF BRITISH SCULPTORS 1660-1851 New edition.

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

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)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

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