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29 Castle Terrace, Including Boundary Wall and Railings

A Category A Listed Building in Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.9471 / 55°56'49"N

Longitude: -3.2026 / 3°12'9"W

OS Eastings: 324991

OS Northings: 673326

OS Grid: NT249733

Mapcode National: GBR 8LH.SM

Mapcode Global: WH6SL.SS47

Entry Name: 29 Castle Terrace, Including Boundary Wall and Railings

Listing Date: 14 December 1970

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 395238

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47854

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Edinburgh

County: Edinburgh

Electoral Ward: City Centre

Traditional County: Midlothian

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Description

Sir James Gowans, 1868-70. 4-storey, attic and basement 3-bay mansard-roofed tenement block with idiosyncratic details, including Moorish influence. Polished ashlar. String courses dividing floors; stone bracketed eaves. Round-arched windows to 3rd floor push up bracketed eaves below dormers. Decorative bracketed surrounds to windows. Projecting canted bays with Serliana to ground, tripartite windows with decorative stone mullions and serrated Moorish lintels above, and steeply-pitched gabled dormers with stone bracketed eaves, flanked by small hooded dormers to attic. Stone steps and platts over-arching basement area to centre; timber panelled door with tripartite fanlight above, flanked by sidelights; small hooded dormer to attic.

Plate glass in timber sash and case windows. Graded grey slates. Moulded stone ridge. Fluted ashlar stalks with scalloped, bracketed cornices; decorative octagonal cans with serrated tops.

BOUNDARY WALL AND RAILINGS: decorative cast-iron railings on low ashlar boundary wall with stone piers marking entrances.

Statement of Interest

Part of a larger ensemble designed by Gowans: with characteristically logical planning, idiosyncratic detailing and exemplary execution. De'The Builder' admires Gowans' plan, with 'the water closets all ventilated from the outside,' and 'dark bedrooms at the centre of corner blocks got rid of,' but not the 'geometric details,' considering them to have 'novelty value only,' and 'more suited for execution in wood,' while admitting 'the general effect' to be 'striking and picturesque.' The ground on the opposite side of Castle Terrace, where the multi-storey car park now is, was to be a public boulevard, the rest railed off and laid out as garden ground for residents. The A Group comprises 11-15 Cornwall Street, 25 Castle Terrace and 17 Cornwall Street, 26-28 Castle Terrace, 29 Castle Terrace, 30, 31 and 32 Castle Terrace, 33, 34 and 35 Castle Terrace and 36 Castle Terrace.

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