Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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NS 58992 65526
258992, 665526


Charles Wilson, 1854. Venetian Renaissance. 3 bays to West

Nile Street, 5 to West George Street, 5 + 1 return bays to

Nelson Mandela Place. Painted ashlar, channelled at ground

floor, vertically tooled at angles and around windows. Plinth

rising to cill band of ground floor. All windows casement,

roundheaded. Pilastered entrance to No 68 West George Street,

arched with sculpted relief spandrels. Keyblocks with carved

heads of law lords by A Handyside Ritchie at ground floor.

Ground floor triglyph frieze, guttae, mutule cornice. 1st

floor balustraded balcony, blind at N and E bays in Nelson

Mandela Place; panelled pedestals with rosettes. 1st floor to

West George Street: coupled Corinthian columns framing

roundheaded windows in sculpted cavetto recesses. Venetian

windows to West Nile Street and 1st 3 bays from S on Nelson

Mandela Place flanked by single Corinthian columns;

shell-headed niches in outer bays. Richly sculpted eaves

frieze, dentil band, modillion cornice; balustraded parapet.

N remaining bay simplified on upper floors. Entrance at No 62

West George Street repeating detail of No 68; blind window

above; 1st floor semi-engaged colonnade stops at 3rd bay from

S on St George's Place.

INTERIOR: Genoese staircase with cast-iron balustrade, carved

handrail. Coved, columned library at 1st with original

fittings and furniture.

Library extension T Harold Hughes 1940.



APSD. Plans SNMR dated 1854. Gomme and Walker, 1968, pp 11,

93, 121-2, 255. Information by courtesy of Buildings of

Scotland Research Unit. Doak (ed) 1977, No 80.

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. 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.

If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the 1997 Act. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect subsequent legislation.

Listed building consent is required for changes to a listed building which affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest. The relevant planning authority is the point of contact for applications for listed building consent.

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