Listed Building

The only legal part of the listing under the Planning (Listing Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997 is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing – see 'About Listed Buildings' below for more information. The further details below the 'Address/Name of Site' are provided for information purposes only.

Address/Name of Site

23 CASTLE STREETLB43280

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
03/03/1966
Local Authority
Edinburgh
Planning Authority
Edinburgh
Burgh
Edinburgh
NGR
NT 24984 73874
Coordinates
324984, 673874

Description

1792-4; subsequent alterations. Former 3-storey basement and attic 3-bay classical house with early 20th century shop built out at ground. Droved sandstone ashlar with polished dressings. Arched tripartite doorway survives to left bay. Eaves cornice; pair of later 19th century canted piend-roofed dormers.

Timber sash and case 4-pane windows. Ashlar coped skews; large mutual stacks, stone to N, rendered to S; grey slates.

INTERIOR: at ground, apsidal ended former Dining Room slapped through into shop window at front. Curving cantilevered top-lit stair with alternate decorative cast-iron banisters; simplifies at 2nd floor. At 1st floor, 19th century, and subsequent, alterations; interconnects with No 21 (see separate listing).

Statement of Special Interest

Formerly rusticated at ground, unlike the other houses in this block; note that the build is seamless with No 25. A Group with Nos 21-33 (odd nos) Castle Street as a significant surviving part of the original fabric of Edinburgh?s New Town, one of the most important and best preserved examples of urban planning in Britain.

References

Bibliography

Kirkwood?s Map of 1819. A J Youngson THE MAKING OF CLASSICAL EDINBURGH (1966) p92.

About Listed Buildings

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