Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 24877 72496
324877, 672496


Thomas Purves Marwick, dated 1890. 4-storey and attic Free Renaissance style symmetrical U-plan tenement block with shops at ground floor. 6-bays to S, 2 bays to E and W, with polygonal corner towers. Pale sandstone ashlar. Moulded dividing band between ground and 1st floors; moulded cill course at 1st and 3rd floors. Continuous hoodmoulds to windows at attic level. 6 tall moulded chimney stacks with niches at 1st floor level, dividing band linking cill courses at 3rd floor level, and exuberant foliate relief panels at uppermost level flank corner towers and centre 4 bays; dated 1890 in panel to SE, initials (AC - Alexander Calder, builder/developer) in that to SW.

S ELEVATION: shops and stair doors at ground floor separated by colonnettes with foliate capitals on tall pedestals. Outer left and right bays, bipartite windows at 1st, 2nd, 3rd and breaking eaves with crow-stepped dormerhead at 4th floor. 3-storey canted bays supported on consoles at 1st floor level in 2 centre bays, topped by balconies with foliate relief panels to bipartite windows at 4th floor; small paired windows in elaborately crowstepped gable above. Single windows in flanking bays with scrolled gableheads breaking eaves at 4th floor.

CORNER TOWERS AND E AND W ELEVATIONS: doors to shops on corners diagonally set, flanked by high-set colonnettes; channelled masonry and foliate sculptured panels between shop windows. Windows on 3 sides to 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th floors of towers, with foliate sculpted panels above; corners articulated by slim colonnettes with annulets. E and W elevations have narrow bay to S with small windows, that to 4th floor bipartite, breaking eaves with scrolled dormerhead; wider bay to N with larger windows, that to 4th floor breaking eaves with scrolled broken pedimented dormerhead; modern dormer above.

2-pane upper sashes, plate glass lower, plate glass below in timber sash and case windows. Greenish-grey slates; mansard roof; 2-stage slated roofs to corner towers, swept polygonal lower stage with domed cap. Cast-iron down pipes with decorative hoppers.

Statement of Special Interest

Nos 1-12 Barclay Terrace, along with Nos 1-19 Barclay Place (also by Thomas Marwick for Alexander Calder) are an innovative, boldly designed and well executed ensemble of urban development, combining commercial and residential properties, surviving largely intact. The Dean of Guild drawings show that the flats all had baths and flushing toilets, while the parlours were in the rooms with canted bays and on the corners.



Dean of Guild, Edinburgh, June 1889. Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1984) p498.

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.

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Other than the name or address of a listed building, further details are provided for information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland does not accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered as a consequence of inaccuracies in the information provided. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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 1997 Act. 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 subsequent legislation.

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