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Gilmerton, 4b Drum Street, Community Centre, with Boundary Walls and Railings

A Category B Listed Building in Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Latitude: 55.9059 / 55°54'21"N

Longitude: -3.1341 / 3°8'2"W

OS Eastings: 329192

OS Northings: 668674

OS Grid: NT291686

Mapcode National: GBR 60K4.8Q

Mapcode Global: WH6ST.TTR9

Entry Name: Gilmerton, 4b Drum Street, Community Centre, with Boundary Walls and Railings

Listing Date: 15 April 1996

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 389667

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB43255

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Edinburgh

County: Edinburgh

Town: Edinburgh

Electoral Ward: Liberton/Gilmerton

Traditional County: Midlothian

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J Inch Morrison, 1912. Former Gilmerton Board School, 2-storey Free Renaisance, symmetrical; central piended 2-storey block, low 3-storey wings. Polished ashlar to facade with broad coursed bull-faced ashlar high base course rising to cills of windows at ground floor, moulded ashlar band at 1st floor. Base course continued round wings at ground floor, harl above with polished ashlar dressings and quoins. Cornice continued round sides.

E ELEVATION: to Gilmerton Road. Central 8-bay piend-roof block, outer bays advanced in square bay rising through 2 floors with cornice and blocking course, providing entrances for boys and girls, each originally with steps (disabled ramp now to left) to segmentally arched doorway at ground floor with moulded surround and keystone, panelled double doors, bipartite above to 1st floor in moulded panel. 6 bays between each with tall window, 2nd and 5th bays broader with bipartites to each floor, breaking eaves at 1st floor in round-headed pediments with ventilator slits. Timber sash and case windows with 8, 12 and 18-pane glazing.

Recessed T-plan wings to each side, 3-bay elevations to front with windows to ground, 1st and 2nd floors, 4-pane glazing pattern.

N and S ELEVATIONS: wings have 2-storey, advanced, 4-bay blocks toward rear with bipartites at centre to each floor breaking eaves in gabled dormerhead with ventilator slit. Recessed wing projecting towards front has irregular openings; 5 windows at ground floor, tripartite and single window at 1st and 2nd floor.

REAR: windows grouped to centre at ground and 1st floor, 2 tall bipartites breaking eaves at 1st floor in piend-roofed dormerheads. Piended blank outer wings.

Red rooftiles to piended roofs, 2 harled stacks with ashlar quoins and ashlar freize and cornice, tall cans. Large central belfry, octagonal with lead flashings, Doric columns, frieze, cornice, leaded dome and pinnacle.

INTERIOR: not seen (1995).

Low coursed rubble, coped BOUNDARY WALLS to Gilmerton Road and Newtoft Street with RAILINGS to Gilmerton Road.

Statement of Interest

Built as The Gilmerton Board School.

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