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Latitude: 55.9409 / 55°56'27"N
Longitude: -3.2033 / 3°12'11"W
OS Eastings: 324937
OS Northings: 672641
OS Grid: NT249726
Mapcode National: GBR 8LK.MT
Mapcode Global: WH6SL.RXTZ
Entry Name: 1 and 2 Glengyle Terrace and 40-44 (Even Nos) Leven Street, Including Railings
Listing Date: 23 March 2000
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 394407
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47028
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: City Centre
Traditional County: Midlothian
David McGibbon, 1867-70. 4-storey corner block of tenement flats with shops beneath to Leven Street. Splayed at corner, angled return at Glengyle Terrace. Polished ashlar. Cill courses at 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors. Mutuled eaves course. Windows bracketed; stone mullions to bipartites; corniced at 1st floor; slightly battered at 3rd. Ornamented with very high quality chip carving.
W (LEVEN STREET) ELEVATION: 3 shops to ground floor; openings in stop-chamfered, shoulder-arched surrounds. 4 bays above: bipartites in left bay; single windows in centre bays; right bay blind - wallhead chimney stack above. Channelled quoins. Shop door in stop-chamfered shoulder-arched surround on corner; single windows above.
S (GLENGYLE TERRACE) ELEVATION: 6 bays: shop window to ground at left; windows and doors alternate to right; timber panelled doors with plate glass fanlights in corniced, moulded surrounds; stone steps and platts over-sailing basement areas. Bipartites in outer bays above; single windows in 3 centre bays. Bipartites to splayed corner to right.
RAILINGS: spear-headed cast-iron railings mounted on low stone coped wall to basement areas and steps.
Predominantly plate glass in timber sash and case windows. Grey slates. Rendered stacks at wallhead (splayed) and ridge.
B group comprises Nos 1 and 2 Glengyle Terrace, 40-44 Leven Street, 3-5, 6-8, 9-11 and 12-14 Glengyle Terrace and Nos 14-16 Leven Terrace. Built on the grounds of Villafield House (shown on Kirkwood 1817 etc). These buildings occupy an important and sensitive situation, bordering Bruntsfield Links. Designed somewhat in the manner of Alexander 'Greek' Thomson, but also reflecting MacGibbon's interest in contemporary French architecture, (although described by 'The Builder' as 'in the usual style', flat though unfortunately not unprofitable) they are strongly articulated and finished to a very high standard. Similar terraces, less expensively executed, continue along Leven Terrace and into Brougham Place and Valleyfield Street.
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