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179 HIGH STREET AND 73 COCKBURN STREETLB30117

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
12/12/1974
Local Authority
Edinburgh
Planning Authority
Edinburgh
Burgh
Edinburgh
NGR
NT 25905 73666
Coordinates
325905, 673666

Description

John MacLachlan, 1892-3. Asymmetrical 4-storey and attic (5 storeys to Cockburn Street) Scots Baronial corner tenement with shop (former bank) and public house to ground floor; canted octagonal bay to corner, corbelled to circular turret with ball-finialled candle-snuffer roof above 3rd floor; single bay to High Street, 9 bays to Cockburn Street. Cream ashlar to ground, squared and snecked rock-cut sandstone with polished dressings above. Dentilled cornice to 3rd floor. Gabletted crowstepped gables. Roll-moulded openings.

CORNER BAY: steps to door in round-arched surround flanked by blocked fluted Ionic columns; decorative corbel and balustraded apron to window at 1st floor; scrolled pediments to 2nd floor windows; machicolation to parapet with semicircular merlons; circular cap-house with segmental-pedimented windows above.

S (HIGH STREET) ELEVATION: gabled bay with tall round-arched windows to ground floor; bracketed balcony to 1st floor, monogrammed cartouche (NB); 4-storey oriel above; circular window in gable; apex stack with corbelled chimney breast.

SW (COCKBURN STREET) ELEVATION: 4-bay section to left: timber panelled door to left in corniced and consoled door piece with letterbox fanlight and Ionic colonnettes; 3 segmental-arched openings to right at ground floor; predominantly 2-light mullioned windows above; corbel table to 2nd floor; gabled dormer to attic with asymmetrical stack corbelled out to left and small dormer with shaped pediment to outer left. 2-bay gabled section to centre: 2 round-arched windows to right at ground floor, oriel window corbelled out to left; bracketed balcony to 1st floor; stone-mullioned bipartite windows to 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors, those to 1st with scrolled pediments; ball-finialled bartizan to left at 4th floor; small stone-mullioned bipartite window with segmental pediment in gable. Single bay to right: 2 round-arched windows to ground floor; dormer to attic with shaped pediment.

Small-pane glazing to upper sashes, plate glass lower in timber sash and case windows. Green/grey slates. Corniced apex and ridge stacks with circular cans.

Statement of Special Interest

Built for the National Bank, just before Dunn and Findlay's huge Scotsman block. The Cockburn Street elevation of the Dunn and Findlay block is designed to blend seamlessly with that of MacLachlan's No 73 Cockburn Street.

References

Bibliography

Dean of Guild 26th June 1890. Gifford, McWilliam and Walker EDINBURGH (1984) p 203.

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