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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
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 395238
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47854
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: City Centre
Traditional County: Midlothian
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.
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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