Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site

37 and 39 Marchmont Crescent, EdinburghLB30535

Status: Designated


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Date Added
Last Date Amended
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 25535 72235
325535, 672235


J Jerden, 1881. 4-storey, 4-bay Scottish 17th century style tenement, forming part of curving terrace. Squared and snecked sandstone with polished ashlar dressings. Base course; dividing band course above ground floor; string course above 1st floor; corbel table above 2nd floor; chamfered reveals; corbelled wallhead stack to centre bay (rendered and coped above eaves).

E (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: 2 doorways and single windows at ground to centre bays; panelled doors; plate glass fanlights. Single windows above, those at 3rd floor breaking eaves in pedimented and finialled gabled dormerheads. Square blank tablet set below chimney breast corbel. Full-height canted windows to outer left and right, corbelled to square at crowstepped gableheads; small blank heraldic panels set in gableheads; stone finials. 4-pane sash and case windows (replacement 2-pane pivot windows at ground to left). Grey slate roof; coped mutual stacks; moulded cans. Low saddleback wall to street.

INTERIOR: not seen 1991.

Statement of Special Interest

Designed for James Pringle, joiner.

The period between 1860 and 1900 saw significant residential expansion in the city of Edinburgh with construction of a number of residential tenement suburbs.

The tenement suburb of Marchmont developed between circa 1876 and 1914

following the feuing of the Warrender family estate (land south of the Meadows).

Marchmont's development can be viewed in two distinct phases, with the first phase, prior to 1900, largely following the plan laid out by David Bryce of 1869. This phase, which saw the construction of streets in the north and east of the site, is characterised by the individual nature of the work by builders and architects who frequently developed only one or two feus at a time. These tenements were built predominantly in the baronial style following guidelines set down in the 1869 feu charter. In the second phase, after 1900, the baronial style recedes and elevations become more uniform.

James Jerden, 1839-1913, was an Edinburgh based architect whose early work included two tenement designs in Marchmont.

Listed building record and statutory address updated (2015). Previously listed as '37 and 39 Marchmont Crescent'.



Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Scotland: CANMORE ID 127271

Dean of Guild 16/6/1881.

Cant, M. (1984) Marchmont in Edinburgh, Edinburgh: John Donald. pp. 20-33.

Dictionary of Scottish Architects, James Jerden, [accessed 17 February 2015].

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South elevation, 37 and 39 Marchmont Crescent, Edinburgh, cars in foreground, taken on a cloudy day.

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