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Listed Building

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site only. All other information in the record is not statutory.


Status: Designated


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  • Category: B
  • Date Added: 29/04/1977


  • Local Authority: Edinburgh
  • Planning Authority: Edinburgh
  • Burgh: Edinburgh

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNT 2333 7324
  • Coordinates323330, 673240


Mid 19th century. 2-storey, 3-bay, gabled Jacobean villa with single bay, single storey addition at E. Coursed, polished sandstone ashlar with polished quoins and long and short surrounds. Base course; string course and balustrade with pierced strapwork to each advanced single storey bay; string course and cornice to both floors of 2-storey canted bay; crowstep gables.

S (FRONT) ELEVATION: advanced, single storey bay to centre of 2-storey main block; recessed, shouldered entrance containing timber door and shouldered rectangular fanlight; balustrade forming balcony to window at 1st floor above; gabled dormerhead with flagpole; tripartite window to advanced single storey bay at right; balustrade forming balcony to bipartite window at 1st floor above; large, gabled dormerhead with small square panel; advanced, 2-storey and attic, gabled bay at left, with 2-storey canted bay; 4 lights, 2 to front and 1 to each side, to canted bay, both floors; single window to attic gable; gabled single storey bay at left, with advanced tripartite window at ground; small, square, coped gablehead stack with single can.

2-pane timber sash and case glazing. Grey slate roof; coped, gablehead stacks with original, moulded, octagonal cans; painted cast-iron rainwater goods.

BOUNDARY WALLS: low sandstone boundary wall to street; centred pair of tall, corniced, square-plan gatepiers, surmounted by obelisks; obelisk on boundary wall set to right.

Statement of Special Interest

Notable for crowstepped gables and strapwork balconies. Built under Alexander Black, who died in 1858, as part of the Heriot Trust feus. The obelisk gatepiers continue theme set by Donaldson's Hospital (see separate list description).



J Gifford, C McWilliam and D Walker, EDINBURGH (Buildings of Scotland series), (1984), p382.

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Listed Buildings

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest and these are selected according to criteria published in the, Annex 2, pp74-76.

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.

Enquiries relating to works to listed buildings should be made to the local authority in the first instance. Listed building consent is required for works which a local authority considers will affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest and local authorities also decide if listed building consent is required.

Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The local authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. For information about curtilage see

Legislation introduced on 1 October 2015 allows us to state that: an object or structure fixed to the listed building; any object or structure within the curtilage of the listed building; and, any part or feature of the listed building that is not of architectural or historic interest may be excluded from a listing. If part of your building is not listed under the new legislation, the part will be excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest. 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.

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