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Latitude: 55.9485 / 55°56'54"N
Longitude: -3.1939 / 3°11'38"W
OS Eastings: 325538
OS Northings: 673470
OS Grid: NT255734
Mapcode National: GBR 8NH.J4
Mapcode Global: WH6SL.XR86
Entry Name: 5 and 7 Victoria Street
Listing Date: 13 August 1987
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 370404
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB29870
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: City Centre
Traditional County: Midlothian
George Smith, 1855. 4-storey 3-bay tenement with bar/restaurant to ground floor. Coursed cream ashlar (painted to ground); squared and snecked rubble to rear. Base course; consoled cornice to ground floor; cill bands to 1st and 2nd floors. Windows in raised surrounds; bracketed cills to 2nd floor. Pedimented dormers breaking eaves. Timber panelled door with plate glass fanlight to flats to right; 2-leaf timber panelled door with plate glass fanlight to bar to left flanked by windows.
12-pane lying-pane glazing in timber sash and case windows. Graded grey slates. Crowstepped skews. Corniced ashlar stacks with circular cans.
The Dean of Guild drawings show the building without the pedimented dormerheads. The mason work is to be 'clear polished work,' Binning or Craigleith stone, 'equal to Mr Baillie's house' (adjoining to right), which also appears in the drawings. Victoria Street and Terrace were part of Thomas Hamilton's plan for the new Southern and Western Approaches to the city. George Smith succeeded Hamilton as architect to the Improvement Commissioners in 1834. Nos 5 and 7 Victoria Street reflect the design of Nos 1-3, by David Bryce (Dean of Guild 19th September 1839).
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