Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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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

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). 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 only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. 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 Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. 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 current legislation.

If you want to alter, extend or demolish a listed building you need to contact your planning authority to see if you need listed building consent. The planning authority advises on the need for listed building consent and they also decide what a listing covers. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

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