Listed Building

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Date Added
Local Authority
Scottish Borders
Planning Authority
Scottish Borders
NT 64986 20594
364986, 620594


David Rhind,1868. Symmetrical 3-storey 5-bay Italianate bank premises. Cream ashlar sandstone with polished dressings. Base course. Regular fenestration; round-headed windows to ground and 1st floors with moulded architraves, keystones and cornices. Tiered centrepiece with balustraded balconies supported by consolled cornices to ground and 1st floors. Broad round-arched opening at centre ground with a bearded mask on keystone and flanking panelled pilasters framing pair of round-headed doorways with panelled doors with moulded architraves springing from Composite columns; tympanum above doors with carved rosette and panels; carved soffits (doors square-headed and closing behind arch); flanking windows with architraves splayed at base, cornices with acroteria; dentilled cornice continues at ground terminating at rusticated pilaster quoins. At 1st floor, bipartite window at centre, simplified roll-moulded Tuscan version of doorpiece below with oculus in tympanum. Cill course continues coping of balustrade with brackets to windows; panelled pilaster quoins.

Cill course at 2nd floor (as above); squat rectangular windows with lugged and shouldered architraves, flanking single panel pilaster quoins.

Cill course at 2nd floor (as above); squat rectangular windows with lugged and shouldered architraves, flanking single panel pilaster quoins. Heavy dentilled cornice with stone balustrade above; panelled dies, principal with segmental pedimented caps.

Timber sash and case plate glass windows. Coped rendered stacks to mutual wallheads with original octagonal cans.

INTERIOR: left hand door leads to council offices at ground (no traces of banking hall), right hand door leads via stair with stained glass window to upper floor; both with small inner hall.

Statement of Special Interest

One of Rhind's many designs for the Commercial Bank. The upper floors were originally the Manager's house - they are now an office. The carving was supervised by William Brunton Jnr of Jedburgh. Group with Nos 1-15 Exchange Street.



BUILDER 19.9.1862 Vol XXVI p692. Hugh T Stevenson DAVID RHIND ARCHITECT 1808?-1883 unpublished Edinburgh University Thesis 1969 p19.

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