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272-278 (Even Nos) Morrison Street and 11-14 (Inclusive Nos) West Maitland Street

A Category B Listed Building in Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.9463 / 55°56'46"N

Longitude: -3.216 / 3°12'57"W

OS Eastings: 324155

OS Northings: 673255

OS Grid: NT241732

Mapcode National: GBR 8JH.2W

Mapcode Global: WH6SL.KSSV

Entry Name: 272-278 (Even Nos) Morrison Street and 11-14 (Inclusive Nos) West Maitland Street

Listing Date: 14 December 1970

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 368826

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB29291

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Edinburgh

County: Edinburgh

Town: Edinburgh

Electoral Ward: City Centre

Traditional County: Midlothian

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Description

James Haldane, 1825, with later alterations and additions. 3-storey tenement block on corner site, comprising 7-bay elevation to Morrison Street with shops built out at ground floor, 4-bay elevation to West Maitland Street and 7-bay linking corner elevation between with 3-bay central bow and pub built out at ground floor. Polished sandstone ashlar to upper floors with polished sandstone dressings. Projecting cills to 1st floor, cill course to 2nd floor of Morrison Street elevation; string course above 2nd floor windows to corner elevation and to West Maitland Street; cornice and blocking course at eaves, raised at central bay to Morrison Street elevation and at end bays to corner elevation and to West Maitland Street. Bays to corner, and terminal bays to West Maitland Street divided by giant pilasters.

S (MORRISON STREET) ELEVATION: timber panelled door with large rectangular fanlight offset to left of centre at ground floor; modern shop front with recessed door offset to right spanning 3 bays to right; modern shop front with plate glass door to outer left, spanning 3 bays to left; regular fenestration to upper floors (blocked, 2 bays to outer left); door to right of return to pub frontage at ground floor to outer left.

NW (WEST MAITLAND STREET) ELEVATION: modern timber panelled pub frontage spanning 3 bays to right at ground floor, with 2-leaf boarded doors to left of centre; regularly fenestrated above (2 bays to right at 2nd floor blocked); stone flight to round-arched doorway with voussoirs in bay to outer left; timber panelled door with infilled fanlight; window at floors above.

SW (CORNER) ELEVATION: curved modern timber panelled pub frontage spanning bays at ground floor (with 2-leaf boarded doors offset to right of centre); centred 3-light bowed bay, regularly fenestrated, to centre of upper floors; regular fenestration to flanking bays, upper storeys.

N (REAR) ELEVATION: not seen 2000.

Modern plate glass windows at ground floor; 12-pane timber sash and case windows above. Roof material not visible. Mixture of coped rendered and coped sandstone ashlar stacks with cylindrical cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods.

INTERIOR: not seen 2000.

Statement of Interest

Part of the Edinburgh New Town A-Group, a significant surviving part of one of the most important and best preserved examples of urban planning in Britain. Part of James Haldane's Morrison Street development, which extends further east. This westernmost section, complete by 1830, was one of the first parts of the street to be erected. The imposing corner block with its bowed central bay facing Haymarket is described by Gifford et al as, a 'splendid marker of the entry to the town centre'.

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