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Latitude: 55.9464 / 55°56'46"N
Longitude: -3.2157 / 3°12'56"W
OS Eastings: 324173
OS Northings: 673257
OS Grid: NT241732
Mapcode National: GBR 8JH.4W
Mapcode Global: WH6SL.KSYT
Plus Code: 9C7RWQWM+GP
Entry Name: 266, 268, 270 Morrison Street, Edinburgh
Listing Name: 266-270 (Even Nos) Morrison Street
Listing Date: 14 December 1970
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 395068
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47727
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: City Centre
Traditional County: Midlothian
Mid to later 19th century, with later alterations and additions including shopfront by Peter Henderson. 4-storey, 5-bay plain classical, symmetrical tenement block, with later shops built out at ground floor. Polished sandstone ashlar above ground floor with polished dressings. Cill course at each floor; eaves cornice and blocking course above.
S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: shop fronts at ground floor with tenement doorway offset to left of centre; doorpiece comprising panelled Corinthian pilasters with scroll and acanthus consoles flanking plain pilasters with decorative capitals, and frieze with dentil cornice; identical panelled pilasters and consoles terminate shop front to outer left and right, with same plain pilaster with decorative capital at outer right beneath cornice; replacement timber door with 2-pane rectangular fanlight; non-aligned window (blocked) at each floor above. Recessed shop doorway centred to left at ground floor; window at each floor in both bays to left above. Identical arrangement to right.
E AND W ELEVATIONS: adjoining Nos 264-252 (even nos) to right (E), and Nos 272-278 (even nos) to left (W), listed separately.
N ELEVATION: not seen 2000.
Predominantly 4-pane timber sash and case windows; plate glass shop windows at ground floor. Roof material not visible. Coped ashlar multi-flue stack to W; coped cement rendered and lined multi-flue stack to E; cylindrical cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods.
INTERIOR: not seen 2000.
Part of the Edinburgh New Town A-Group, a significant surviving part of one of the most important and best preserved examples of urban planning in Britain. Part of James Haldane's Morrison development, which extends further west and round the corner back up West Maitland Street. The earliest part of the scheme was completed by 1830, but study of the relevant OS maps reveals that by 1853 only the very west and very east ends of Morrison Street had been constructed. At that stage, this part of the street was the site of a stone yard. The detailed door surround and terminating pilasters of the later shop front, are the work of the Edinburgh architect Peter Henderson.
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