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The Dome Cafe, 14-20 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie

A Category B Listed Building in Blairgowrie and Rattray, Blairgowrie, Perth and Kinross

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.5917 / 56°35'30"N

Longitude: -3.3379 / 3°20'16"W

OS Eastings: 317936

OS Northings: 745226

OS Grid: NO179452

Mapcode National: GBR V8.TNJ5

Mapcode Global: WH6PF.PLQ1

Plus Code: 9C8RHMR6+MR

Entry Name: The Dome Cafe, 14-20 Leslie Street, Blairgowrie

Listing Name: 14 - 20 (Even Nos) Leslie Street, the Dome Restaurant

Listing Date: 24 October 1984

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 357862

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB22315

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Blairgowrie and Rattray

County: Perth and Kinross

Town: Blairgowrie And Rattray

Electoral Ward: Blairgowrie and Glens

Traditional County: Perthshire

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Description

Mid 19th century; dome and interior alterations by W J Brewster Grant & Henderson, Blairgowrie, 1925. 2-storey with cellar and attic, 3-bay restaurant with flatted dwellings above (rear entrance to Wellmeadow) and fine interior. Squared rubble with ashlar margins. Ground floor frieze, eaves course.

NW ELEVATION: traditional centre door shop to centre and right bays, including deep-set 2-leaf part-glazed timber door with flanking pilasters and ironwork grille and flanking fixed display windows; steps up to panelled timber door with margined fanlight immediately to left and further shop to outer left with grille over part-glazed door to right, and fixed window to left. 3 regularly-disposed windows to 1st floor and canted dormer windows over outer bays flanking piended dormer at centre.

Out-of-character modern glazing; plate glass glazing to casement window at centre dormer. Grey slates. Shared coped ashlar stacks.

INTERIOR: good decorative scheme in place including 1920's cafe interior with horseshoe counter and shelves, carved fixed bench seats, painted panelled walls with inset mirrors and decorative panels, and embossed frieze. Large domed seating area with flattened ribbed dome supported on heavy Tuscan columns, clerestorey over central area and segmental-arched 2-leaf door with decoratively-astragalled fanlights.

Statement of Interest

The rear entrance at 24 and 25 Wellmeadow is listed separately. During the 19th century, the cellar served as police cells. In 1905 the cells were sold to the Vissochi family who already ran a cafe in part of what is now (2002) Davidson's Chemist on the Wellmeadow. The Leslie Street building was being run as a hotel,

and was purchased by the Vissochi family circa 1920. During the 1920s the dome roof was added and the cafe interior fitted out with 'booth style seating and the woodwork at the counter which give the restaurant its timeless continental cafe atmosphere'.

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