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71-77 (Odd Nos) Duke Street

A Category B Listed Building in Leith, Edinburgh

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.9698 / 55°58'11"N

Longitude: -3.1688 / 3°10'7"W

OS Eastings: 327144

OS Northings: 675818

OS Grid: NT271758

Mapcode National: GBR 8T7.MG

Mapcode Global: WH6SM.969T

Entry Name: 71-77 (Odd Nos) Duke Street

Listing Date: 29 March 1995

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 364578

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB27412

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Edinburgh

County: Edinburgh

Town: Edinburgh

Electoral Ward: Leith

Traditional County: Midlothian

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Description

J M Johnston, 1907. 2-storey 4-bay church hall with projecting Glasgow-style front block with strong vertical emphasis. Red sandstone front, stugged ashlar with ground floor and bands of cream polished ashlar. Block ashlar mullions and transoms; shallow brackets to cornices.

SW (FRONT) ELEVATION: 2 centre bays with plain deep set rectangular doorways; tall bipartite windows at 1st floor, recessed with tall cills, deep cornice semi-circling over each window, plain railings as parapet curving up to outer bays. Outer bays breaking eaves with canted parapet and corner dies, tripartite windows set in recessed panels (round-arched at ground, segmental-arched at 1st floor), projecting mullions rising to deep cornice at eaves level.

Small leaded panes to windows. Flat roof with rectangular recessed dormers.

INTERIOR: not seen 1993.

Statement of Interest

The hall (formerly South Leith Kirk Session hall) largely replaced an earlier hall by James Simpson of 1878. Johnston's remodelling retained some of the original interior but added screens and steel supports for the roof. The facade, however, represents a rare Edinburgh example of an Edwardian Free Style design, most usually associated with the work of Glasgow architects such as James Salmon, Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Honeyman & Keppie and John G Gillespie.

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