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11 Easter Belmont Road, 'Lismhor'

A Category B Listed Building in Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Latitude: 55.9474 / 55°56'50"N

Longitude: -3.256 / 3°15'21"W

OS Eastings: 321656

OS Northings: 673414

OS Grid: NT216734

Mapcode National: GBR 87H.YJ

Mapcode Global: WH6SK.YSP1

Entry Name: 11 Easter Belmont Road, 'Lismhor'

Listing Date: 23 July 1993

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 371113

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB30295

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Edinburgh

County: Edinburgh

Town: Edinburgh

Electoral Ward: Corstorphine/Murrayfield

Traditional County: Midlothian

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Kininmonth & Spence, 1932; extended Morris & Steedman. Single and 2-storey International Modern flat-roofed villa; irregular-plan on sloping site. Rendered brick.

N (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: steps up through terracing to splayed doorway with reinforced concrete canopy; 2-leaf panelled doors; corner window flanking to right; strip windows at 1st floor above. Single storey window adjoining to right. Single storey wing with double garage (originally a single garage) at basement advanced to left.

S (GARDEN) ELEVATION: central 2-storey block with single storey wings flanking. 11-light vertical-paned bowed window to centre block (originally French windows with strips of lying-pane windows flanking; windows recently enlarged to same size as French windows and astragals removed); parapet with handrail forming balcony to 1st floor; semi-circular concrete canopy over 1st floor windows. Corner windows to ground and 1st floors of centre block. 3 windows including corner window to wing to left. Steps up to secondary entrance at recessed wing to right. Originally Crittall steel windows, uPVC double glazing to original pattern; ground floor windows set in slightly recessed panels.

INTERIOR: not seen 2001.

Statement of Interest

Designed for John King, senior partner in practice with Dr Gordon Kininmonth (William Kininmonth's brother). Lismhor was built for Mrs King, who suffered from tuberculosis, and consequently her husband insisted that every room faced south and was thoroughly ventilated. The 6" thick concrete roof with 1" overlay of 'Macasfelt' was something of an experiment. According to Sir William Kininmouth, the roof failed but 'King was decent about it' (see SCOTTISH THIRTIES, p36). Kininmouth built his own house with a flat roof and a large bowed drawing room at 46A, Dick Place, Edinburgh, in 1934. Lismhor was extended by Morris and Steedman (see RIAS GUIDE p170). Easter Belmont Road is a group of large, idiosyncratic villas designed by high profile architects during the 1920s and 1930s including F Deas, B Orphoot, H Tarbolton, M Ochterlony, B Spence and W Kininmonth. The villas are representative of the international styles that influenced British architecture during the inter-war period.

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