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Latitude: 55.9457 / 55°56'44"N
Longitude: -3.2049 / 3°12'17"W
OS Eastings: 324848
OS Northings: 673169
OS Grid: NT248731
Mapcode National: GBR 8LJ.B4
Mapcode Global: WH6SL.RT2C
Plus Code: 9C7RWQWW+73
Entry Name: 6, 8 Bread Street, Edinburgh
Listing Name: 125-165 (Odd Nos) Lothian Road, 6 and 8 Bread Street and 48 and 50 East Fountainbridge
Listing Date: 23 March 2000
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 394425
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47047
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: City Centre
Traditional County: Midlothian
William Burn, building 1825-27. Almost symmetrical 4-storey palace block of tenements with advanced pavilion ends; shops (modern) at ground floor and flats above.
W (LOTHIAN ROAD) ELEVATION: 19-bays to centre; advanced 7-bay blocks at either end (1 window on quadrant at Bread Street) with 3 centre bays slightly advanced. Polished ashlar. Cill course to 1st floor; eaves cornice; blocking course; parapet to end blocks. 5 windows to centre at 1st floor corniced; cast-iron balconies to 2nd and 3rd floor windows. Timber panelled doors to common stairs with border-glazed fanlight flanked by fluted Ionic pilasters; dentilled cornice and segmental pediment on scrolled consoles.
N (BREAD STREET) ELEVATION: 2 bays to right advanced, with cill course at 1st floor, eaves cornice and blocking course. 5 bays to left; modern shops to ground floor.
S (EAST FOUNTAINBRIDGE) ELEVATION: blind windows to 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors on return of end block to Lothian Road; cill course at 1st floor, eaves cornice and blocking course. Single storey bank on corner (now Lloyds TSB Scotland) at ground floor; base course, deep block-modillioned cornice, parapet; entrance on quadrant; modern glazed door in arched doorpiece flanked by Ionic columns on pedestals with entablature carried round to Doric pilasters at bay edge; decorative mosaic in apse reads 'Thrift is Blessing;' modern arcaded plate glass windows. 7 bays to East Fountainbridge regularly fenestrated, modern shops at ground floor.
Mixture of 12-pane and plate glass in timber sash and case windows to flats at 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors. Corniced stacks with circular cans. (Roof not seen.)
Designed by Burn for Major Weir. Previously Downie Place. An impressive palace block in an important situation; part of a major planned scheme.
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