Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 25825 73220
325825, 673220


Circa 1820. 4-storey classical corner tenement with arcaded commercial premises at ground floor, 8 bays to Lothian Street (arranged 4 and 4), 6 bays to Brighton Street (arranged 3 and 3). Corner block slightly advanced. Droved ashlar, painted at ground, 1st and 2nd floor. Banded string course at ground, 1st and 2nd floors, cill course at 1st floor, corniced eaves course. Round arched windows at ground floor.

S (LOTHIAN STREET) ELEVATION: 8-bay elevation with 12-bay arcaded ground floor, divided into 2 symmetrical blocks, with corner block slightly advanced. Central timber panelled doors with round -arched blind fanlights to Nos 43 and 45, flanked by 5 windows of commercial premises at Nos. 41 and 47 (glazed doors to Nos. 41 and 47).

N (BRIGHTON STREET) ELEVATION: 6 bays, 3 bays to left slightly advanced and windowless. Arcaded ground floor with 2 closely set windows to far left and 4 closely set windows to far right. Blind windows at third floor to 2 outer left bays.

Plate glass in timber sash and case windows at 1st and 2nd second floor, 12-pane glazing at 3rd floor, arcaded ground floor windows with late 20th century glazing scheme. Piended double pitch roof, grey slates. Straight skews. Corniced ridge stacks and shouldered (rendered) wide wallhead stack, cylindrical clay cans.

Statement of Special Interest

Well proportioned early 19th century classical tenements and commercial premises to form part of a mirrored pair, with Nos 29-39 Lothian Street, framing entrance to Brighton Street. These buildings form an integral part of the early formal town planning, part of the development of the Southside following the demolition of the Trades Maiden Hospital on Bristo Place. Lothian Street was funded by the South Bridge Trustees to improve access between Bristo Street and Potterrow. The Trades Maiden Hospital sold some of their garden ground to facilitate this road which was constructed around 1800. At this point the Hospital Trustees wished to relocate as the accommodation was no longer adequate and the building fabric deteriorating. The close proximity of the new road supported their case and the hospital relocated to Lauriston in 1818. The site including its remaining garden grounds was developed to continue the Lothian Street streetscape. Development on Lothian Street commenced at the east end with tenements, which have since been demolished to accommodate the rear entrance of the Royal Museum constructed 1934-7

In the 1960s the University development at Potterow resulted in the demolition of the tenement buildings on the south side of Lothian Street. These tenements are the only remaining structures to indicate the original streetscape.

(List description updated at re-survey 2011-12.)



Appears on J Kirkwood, Plan of Edinburgh (1821). J Gifford, C McWilliam and D Walker The Buildings of Scotland, Edinburgh (1984) p221.

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