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Latitude: 55.9756 / 55°58'32"N
Longitude: -3.1668 / 3°10'0"W
OS Eastings: 327279
OS Northings: 676464
OS Grid: NT272764
Mapcode National: GBR 8V5.0D
Mapcode Global: WH6SM.B27B
Entry Name: 4 Bernard Street
Listing Date: 29 March 1995
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 363789
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB26898
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Leith
Traditional County: Midlothian
J M Johnston, 1923. 2-storey 4-bay flat-roofed bank with modernistic classical detail. Cream ashlar facade, red brick with concrete lintels to rear. Tall base course; tall round-arched ground floor openings with rusticated voussoirs and keystones clasping band course above; 2nd floor windows with stylised banded jambs; dentilled block cornice with diamond insets; tall channelled ashlar parapet with dies and pierced saltire insets; bays divided by shallow stepped pilasters with distinctive stylised carved motifs to top and bottom.
SW (FRONT) ELEVATION: tall doorway to outer left, panelled lintel with stylised bayleaf motif, ornamental iron grille with Greek key pattern and ?NBS? monogram in tall wrought-iron fanlight; ornamental iron gate with Greek key pattern and bayleaf motifs; single window above. Single windows to remaining bays.
NE (REAR) ELEVATION: 2-storey rectangular projection to centre bays; large single and paired windows.
Metal fixed-pane and casement windows with diamond insets to crossbar. Flat roof with asphalt covering on concrete.
INTERIOR: groin-vaulted vestibule of black, white and green marble with gold, purple and turquoise mosaic ceiling; 2 doorways with green marble surrounds, doorway to upstairs offices with fleuron studded architrave, granite balustrade and semi-circular radial fanlight, doorway to telling hall with semi-circular stained glass armorial fanlight and ornamental sliding grille; original cylindrical lamp and ironmongery. Compartmental ceiling to telling hall with stylised carved/plaster dentils.
An early and elaborate example of the stripped-down classicism most readily associated with the 1930s, fused with stylised modernistic elements which was to become Art Deco. Group with Nos 2 Bernard Street, 6-18 Bernard Street, 1-31 Bernard Street, 29-43 Constitituon Street and Robert Burns Statue.
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