Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Perth And Kinross
Planning Authority
Perth And Kinross
NO 11566 23442
311566, 723442


Late 18th century. 3-storey bow-ended tenement block, prominently located on narrow gushet site with curving timber shopfront to ground with fluted pilasters and panelled stops. Harled rubble with narrow projecting cills. 3-bay to King Street (W elevation) with 6 openings to ground with pilastered doorpiece to far left; regular fenesteration to upper floors. Canal Crescent (E) elevation with irregular fenestration.

Predominantly 12-pane glazing to timber sash and case windows; gently curved units to bow end. Slated roof. Coped ridge brick stack with octagonal clay cans; stepped end stack to S. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: Predominantly recast (2002) as open-plan office with modern curving metal stair dominating the bow end.

Statement of Special Interest

Part of a B-Group comprising: '2 and 4 County Place and 1 Hospital Street'; '6 and 8 County Place and 3 and 5 Hospital Street'; '3 King Street and 32 Canal Street'; '220 South Street and 17 Canal Street'; 'Hospital Street, King Street and Albert Place, Former King James VI Hospital including Boundary Walls'; 'South Street, 189 (N. Side) and 70 Methven Street' and 'Methven Street, (South) 73-79 (Odd Numbers) & 1 County Place' (see separate listings).

Nos 3 King Street and 32 Canal Crescent is a fine example of a late 18th century bow-ended building in Perth. It prominently faces a key intersection at South Street, King Street and County Place. The gently curved timber windows at 1st and 2nd floor of the end bay constitute a valuable part of the 18th century character of the building, adding to its interest. Its simple paired-back detailing is indicative of its early date whilst the quality timber shopfront fascia provides a positive contribution to the wider streetscape of this area of the city. The property groups with other gushet site buildings opposite at 220 South Street and 2 to 4 County Place with its trefoil plan corner, providing a stylistic group at this key junction on the south side of the city. Perth is renowned for its fine quality shopfronts which provide a key part of the character of the city centre and reflect the social and cultural history of the area. The timber shopfront fascia was restored in 2005 when the entrance was reconfigured from King Street. A large internal chimney stack was removed to achieve this but the masonry lum above the ridge was rebuilt on beams.

List description updated at resurvey (2009).



evident on the Kirkwood Plan of Perth (1805) - Perth City Archives. John Gifford, The Buildings Of Scotland - Perth & Kinross (2007), p622. Additional information courtesy of Andrew Driver, Perth and Kinross Heritage Trust.

About Listed Buildings

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