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Latitude: 55.9488 / 55°56'55"N
Longitude: -3.1379 / 3°8'16"W
OS Eastings: 329038
OS Northings: 673442
OS Grid: NT290734
Mapcode National: GBR 2B.Y905
Mapcode Global: WH6SM.RQZZ
Plus Code: 9C7RWVX6+GV
Entry Name: 1 Northfield Gardens, Edinburgh
Listing Name: 1 and 2 Northfield Gardens
Listing Date: 8 December 1987
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 369329
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB29442
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Craigentinny/Duddingston
Traditional County: Midlothian
Reginald Fairlie, G Reid & J Smith Forbes, 1921. 3-storey, 7-bay Local Authority tenements of 12 flats each. Rubble with contrasting bull-faced window dressings; harled to top floor. Brick cill-band to 2nd floor. Shallow advanced central entrance bays; central timber panelled door with bracketed canopy; tall arched staircase window all within slightly recessed arch breaking cill-band. Red tile voussoirs to head of arch. Regular fenestration to outer bays; red tile voussoirs to bipartite windows at inner and outer bays of ground floor. Low quadrant links with arched opening, red tile voussoirs, string course, blocked eaves and red pantiled skews.
Predominantly plate glass in timber sash and case windows (formerly 12-pane glazing). Broad-eaved piended roof; grey slate with terracotta ridge tiles. Tall rubble chimney stacks with brick band and cornice; projecting shouldered chimney breast to wallhead breaking eaves.
Group with 3 and 4 Northfield Gardens. All four tenements form a linked crescent. Built under the 1919 Housing Act following a competition covering four areas of proposed local authority housing. The competitions for all the areas, which were judged by Sir John Burnet, were won by Messrs A.K. Robertson & T.Aikman Swan. However, the planning committee decided that no firm of architects should be appointed to carry out more than two schemes, so Fairlie, Reid & Forbes, whose designs had been awarded 3rd place, were appointed to do the Willowbrae Road scheme. It is not made clear in THE BUILDER whether they were obliged to adopt the winning design, or allowed to use their own.
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