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71-73 Lothian Road, Edinburgh

A Category C Listed Building in Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Latitude: 55.9468 / 55°56'48"N

Longitude: -3.2053 / 3°12'18"W

OS Eastings: 324825

OS Northings: 673297

OS Grid: NT248732

Mapcode National: GBR 8LH.7Q

Mapcode Global: WH6SL.QSWG

Plus Code: 9C7RWQWV+PV

Entry Name: 71-73 Lothian Road, Edinburgh

Listing Name: 71 and 73 Lothian Road and 44-48 (Even Nos) Grindlay Street

Listing Date: 29 March 2001

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 368738

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB29266

Building Class: Cultural

ID on this website: 200368738

Location: Edinburgh

County: Edinburgh

Town: Edinburgh

Electoral Ward: City Centre

Traditional County: Midlothian

Tagged with: Tenement

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David MacGibbon, 1863-4. 4-storey plain classical end of terrace tenement block with shop to ground floor. Cream painted ashlar. Long and short quoins. Cill course to 3rd floor; eaves cornice. Windows in lugged and backeted surrounds to 1st and 2nd floors. 3 bays to Lothian Road: bipartites in outer bays. 5 bays to Grindlay Street: regularly fenestrated; slightly advanced chimney-breast with long and short quoins in penultimate bay to right.

Plate glass in timber sash and case windows to Lothian Road, 4-pane glazing to Grindlay Street. Scrolled stacks at wallheads, corniced (rendered) stacks with circular cans.

Statement of Interest

Nos 71-103 Lothian Road were designed by David MacGibbon to complete Burn's plain palace block, echoing his design for Nos 125-165 Lothian Road (formerly known as Downie Place), forming an impressive piece of urban design in an important situation. On Kincaid's 1784 map Lothian Road is marked as 'New Road' and flanked by fields. A plan similar to what was built for this area, with a square to be known as Orchardfield Square where the Usher Hall is, marked 'This square is not built but is intended,' is on Ainslie's 1804 map. Wood's 1820 plan shows the area more or less as built. The Merchant Company adopted William Burn's plan for the Grindlay's Orchardfield estate in 1820. The 1877 OS map shows this block (Lothian Road, Grindlay Street, Bread Street) complete.

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