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Latitude: 55.958 / 55°57'28"N
Longitude: -3.1852 / 3°11'6"W
OS Eastings: 326101
OS Northings: 674521
OS Grid: NT261745
Mapcode National: GBR 8QC.9Q
Mapcode Global: WH6SM.1HJW
Plus Code: 9C7RXR57+6W
Entry Name: 8 and 9 Antigua Street, Edinburgh
Listing Name: 7-10 (Inclusive Nos) Antigua Street
Listing Date: 16 June 1966
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 365905
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB28258
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: City Centre
Traditional County: Midlothian
Circa 1800. Near-symmetrical double tenement with slightly advanced shopfronts to ground floor; 4-storey and attic, 7 bay elevation to Antigua Street. Droved ashlar (rubble to rear). Eaves cornice. Regular fenestration.
E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: to centre (stair) bay, flush timber door with letterbox fanlight in opening with painted margins and cornice. To far left, modern shopfront with door at centre; to inner left, timber shopfront with ornamental cast iron grille to stallriser, classical details and modillioned corniced with console support; to right, much altered shopfront with modillioned cornice and console supports remaining. Single pedimented dormer to roof to far left; canted dormer to roof to far right.
W (REAR) ELEVATION: 6-bay elevation; 2 nepus gables; pitched roof dormer to roof to far left.
GLAZING etc: predominantly plate glass glazing in timber sash and case windows; modern glazing to ground floor; 12-pane glazing in timber sash and case windows to central stair bay; 4-pane glazing in timber sash and case windows to 3rd floor (excluding central bay). Timber fascia, grey slate haffits and roofs (pitched to left, piend to right) to dormers. 7 rooflights to front pitch. Pitched roof; grey slate; stone skews and skewputts. 1 corniced, droved ashlar ridge stack to far left; 2 corniced droved ashlar stacks to front pitch to centre;1 corniced rendered gablehead stack to each nepus gable; circular cans to all stacks.
This classically detailed tenement block is a good example of early 19th century high quality tenement design in Edinburgh. It also has streetscape and historical value as an element of the Gayfield estate development.
7- 10 Antigua Street forms part of the Gayfield Estate, so called because it stands on the former grounds of Gayfield House (East London Street; 1763-5, still extant; separately listed Category A). These lands were feued by the solicitor James Jollie from 1785. Building began on either side of the drive to the house; the building line on the SW of Gayfield Square follows the line of the drive. These developments began to establish the form of Gayfield Square, which forms the heart of the estate. The gardens at the core of the square were preserved from development as early as the 1790s; Sasines record that '..the area of Gayfield Place [is] to remain an open space for all time coming.'
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