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Latitude: 55.9486 / 55°56'55"N
Longitude: -3.2229 / 3°13'22"W
OS Eastings: 323729
OS Northings: 673519
OS Grid: NT237735
Mapcode National: GBR 8GH.N2
Mapcode Global: WH6SL.GRJ2
Plus Code: 9C7RWQXG+FV
Entry Name: 2 Douglas Crescent, Edinburgh
Listing Name: 1-10 (Inclusive Nos) Douglas Crescent, Including Railings
Listing Date: 27 October 1964
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 366974
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB28653
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: City Centre
Traditional County: Midlothian
John Chesser, 1875-1879. 2-storey with basement and attic terrace of 2-bay houses (Nos 9 and 10 3-bay) with canted, mansard attic bays. Polished, channelled sandstone ashlar with polished dressings; droved sandstone to basement. Base course; band course at ground, corniced at canted bay; string course; banded eaves course; cornice. Doorpiece comprising stop-chamfered pilasters; foliated consoles to cornice, margin-paned panelled timber door with rectangular fanlight; block cill and consoled cornice to margins to window above doorpiece; round-headed, key-stoned wood-framed dormer at roof above; tripartite dormer to polygonal mansard roof of canted bay, comprising smaller, round-headed, key-stoned dormers flanking central dormer, detailed as above; coped skews.
N (FRONT) ELEVATION: window to bay to left at basement, beneath oversailing platt; door and fanlight at centre; light to centre of canted bay at right; steps down from street; doorpiece to bay to left at ground; single window above; 3 lights to canted bay at ground and 1st floors. Nos 9 and 10 as above, with additional bay to left of entrance bay, comprising bipartite windows at each floor, with single dormer, detailed as above, to mansard roof above.
W (SIDE) ELEVATION (TO NO 1): coursed sandstone rubble to gabled bay at left; coped skews and gablehead stack; bowed return with bipartite windows to each floor to advanced bay at right; gablehead stack to bay at right; lean-to roof at outer right.
2-pane timber sash and case glazing. Grey slate roof; fish-scale tiling to mansards; coped, channelled sandstone ashlar mutual stacks with tall cylindrical and octagonal cans; cast-iron rainwater goods.
RAILINGS: spike-headed railings to street (set in coping), and to ashlar steps and entrance platts.
Part of New Town A-Group. John Chesser was the Superintendent of Works to George Heriot's Hospital between 1858 and 1889. During his term of office large quantities of Heriot's land were feued, including land in the W of Edinburgh. Chesser was responsible for preparing ground and elevation plans for the new buildings. Opulent interiors were designed for many of the houses.
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