Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site

2 & 4 SOUTH OSWALD RD (FORMERLY 6 BLACKFORD AVE ST RAPHAELS)INCLUDING CHAPEL,GATEPIERS AND BOUNDARY WALLSLB30592

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
19/03/1993
Local Authority
Edinburgh
Planning Authority
Edinburgh
Burgh
Edinburgh
NGR
NT 25786 71331
Coordinates
325786, 671331

Description

David MacGibbon and Ross, circa 1878. 2-storey, irregular-plan Baronial villa, converted for use as hospital by addition of Art Deco W wing (J Douglas Miller, 1934); now in use as residential nursing home. Squared and snecked bull-faced sandstone with polished ashlar dressings. Base course; dividing string course; eaves cornice; long and short quoins; chamfered reveals.

S ENTRANCE elevation: 3-bay, with service wings recessed to E and W. Corniced doorpiece in central bay; architraved and shouldered doorway; 2-leaf panelled door; plate glass fanlight; single window at 1st floor above. Advanced gabled bay to outer right; advanced tripartite window at ground; advanced bipartite window with canopy at 1st floor; bipartite window in gablehead; stone finial. Canted window in bay to outer left, corbelled out at 1st floor and corbelled to square at gablehead; trefoil-headed window set in gablehead; stone finial.

E ELEVATION: single window at 1st floor flanking 3-storey circular-section tower; fishscale slates to conical roof; iron weathervane finial. SERVICE WINGS AND CHAPEL: single storey pitched roof service wing to W; single storey and attic link from main house to single storey, pitched roof, T-plan service wing to E; laundry converted to chapel (A Murray Hardie,1919, enlarged by W J Devlin,1928). Plate glass sash and case windows. Grey slate roof; shouldered and corniced wallhead stacks; polygonal stack adjoining tower; some original rainwater goods, including moulded eaves guttering and hoppers. 1934 wing: 2-storey, butterfly-plan with central round-arched entrance block and flat roof. GATEPIERS AND BOUNDARY WALLS: 2 capped ashlar gatepiers with chamfered angles at corner of Blackford Avenue and South Oswald Road; high coped boundary walls to streets; pedestrian gateways through slapping to Blackford Avenue and Oswald Road.

Statement of Special Interest

St Raphael's, originally known as Kilravock Lodge, was built for Hugh Rose on one of three sites in the Grange area owned by David MacGibbon. Ashfield, MacGibbon's own house on Grange Loan, has been demolished, but St Oswald Lodge on Oswald Road still remains (see separate listing). There are a number of more recent buildings within the curtilage of St Raphaels, including the flat-roofed addition to the N of the chapel and residential accommodation further N, which are not included in the listing.

References

Bibliography

RSA Exhibition Catalogue 1878, No 964; D Walker "The Architecture of MacGibbon and Ross: The Background to the books in Studies in Scottish Antiquity ed. D Breeze (1984), p410.

About Listed Buildings

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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)

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