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4 Bernard Street

A Category B Listed Building in Leith, Edinburgh

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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

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 363789

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB26898

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Edinburgh

County: Edinburgh

Town: Edinburgh

Electoral Ward: Leith

Traditional County: Midlothian

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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.

Statement of Interest

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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