Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Group Category Details
100000020 - see notes
Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NT 22713 73450
322713, 673450


Duncan Menzies, J Bryan Nisbet, et al., circa 1889-1901. 2-storey and attic row of terraced 2-bay houses with canted bays with crowstepped gables. Coursed polished sandstone ashlar with polished dressings. Base course; band course between ground and 1st floors, corniced at canted bays; cornice at roofline at bay to left and, beneath crenellated parapet, to canted bay at right; stepped skews; alternate segmental and triangular pediments to dormers at left of gables. Margins to 1st floor window, bay at right. (No 2 is mirror image of all other houses in street).

E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: doorpiece to bay to left at ground; panelled pedestals to nook-shafts supporting moulded, keystoned round-arched opening; recessed panels to spandrels; flanking fluted pilasters, with raised rectangular moulding to capitals, supporting cornice; panelled timber entrance door, flanked by narrow lights, with semicircular fanlight (with astragals at No 26); window at 1st floor above; dormer to attic; 2-storey canted bay at left, with light to each face; bipartite window to gable, above parapet of canted bay.

2-pane timber sash and case glazing (4-pane to dormers); multi-paned upper sashes to some Nos; grey slate roof; coped, coursed, polished sandstone ashlar mutual and gablehead stacks (rendered between Nos 23 and 25) with tall cylindrical cans; cast-iron rainwater goods.

BOUNDARY WALLS: low, coped, sandstone rubble boundary walls to street.

S ELEVATION (FACING CORSTORPHINE ROAD): 4-bay; banded cill course to ground floor; band course between ground and 1st floors, and 1st floor and attic. Margins and block cills to windows. Window to each bay at ground and 1st floors, bipartite to bay to outer left; round-headed windows to 3 bays at left at attic level; square panel at bay to right; pair of coped gablehead stacks with crenellated section between, above dentilled cornice; centred downpipe.

Statement of Special Interest

B-Group with 1-9 (odd nos) Murrayfield Avenue and 15-25 (odd nos) Murrayfield Avenue. According to the different sets of dated plans in Edinburgh City Archives, this terrace was built piecemeal, over a period of more than a decade, by several different architects. Duncan Menzies of 39 York Place and J Bryan Nisbet of 130 George Street are 2 architects named on the plans. The protracted and disparate nature of construction makes the homogeneity of this well-detailed ensemble, with its especially fine classical doorpieces, all the more remarkable.



City Archives (Dean of Guild records): 21 Mar 1889, 17 Oct 1889, 22 May 1896, 24 Sep 1896, 4 Jul 1901.

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