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

56-60 (EVEN NOS) BROUGHTON STREET, INCLUDING RAILINGSLB30073

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Group Category Details
100000019 - see notes
Date Added
12/12/1974
Supplementary Information Updated
08/02/2018
Local Authority
Edinburgh
Planning Authority
Edinburgh
Burgh
Edinburgh
NGR
NT 25768 74597
Coordinates
325768, 674597

Description

Thomas Bonnar, 1829-34. 4-storey and basement, 6-bay plain classical terraced tenement. Polished ashlar sandstone at principal floor; broached ashlar to floors above and basement. base course; band course between basement and principal floor; cornice at principal floor; corniced frieze at 2nd floor; cornice and blocking course at 3rd floor. Recessed windows at principal floor, with panelled aprons; architraved windows at 1st floor; projecting cills at 2nd floor. Ashlar steps and entrance platts oversailing basement.

Northeast (principal) elevation: recessed doorpieces with former 2-leaf, 4-panel timber doors and rectilinear-design rectangular fanlights, in bay to right of centre and in bays to outer left and right, at principal floor. Windows in remaining bays at principal floor, with lowered cills in bays to left of centre. Regular fenestration to floors above and basement. Glazed door in penultimate bay from left at basement. Flagged basement area. Double-faced clock suspended from decorative wrought-iron bracket, wall-hung below principal floor cornice, between 3rd and penultimate bay from left.

Northwest elevation: adjoining terrace, see separate listing (62-66 Broughton Street).

Southeast elevation: adjoining terrace, see separate listing (50-54A Broughton Street).

Rear elevation: not seen, 1998. Predominantly 12-pane timber sash and case windows. Grey slate M-roof. Broached ashlar ridge stacks; coped, with circular cans.

Interiors: not seen, 1998.

Railings: ashlar copes surmounted by cast-iron railings with spear-headed and pineapple finials.

Statement of Special Interest

Part of the Edinburgh New Town A Group, one of the most important and best preserved examples of urban planning in Britain. Built on a sloping site, the stepped-down blocks between and including 42 and 76 Broughton Street area separated by swept-down cornices.

In 1974, 58 Broughton Street was bought by the Scottish Minorities Group (SMG) and in the spring of 1975 opened as an Information Centre. By 1977 the premises hosted a coffee shop, a bookstall and a befriending service (a form of non-directive counselling). In 2018 the centre is owned and managed by Lesbian Gay and Bisexual Community Project Limited, and operates as the Edinburgh LGBT centre.

Description and Statement of Special Interest updated 2018.

References

Bibliography

Gifford, J. McWilliam, C. and Walker, D. (1988) The Buildings of Scotland: Edinburgh. London: Penguin Books, p. 342 and p. 431-2.

McKean, C. (1992) Edinburgh. Edinburgh: RIAS. p. 108.

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.

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