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Latitude: 55.9454 / 55°56'43"N
Longitude: -3.1916 / 3°11'29"W
OS Eastings: 325678
OS Northings: 673130
OS Grid: NT256731
Mapcode National: GBR 8PJ.06
Mapcode Global: WH6SL.YTCJ
Entry Name: 51-61 (Odd Nos) Forrest Road
Listing Date: 29 March 2001
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 395255
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47866
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: City Centre
Traditional County: Midlothian
James Connel, 1872. 4-storey and attic 5-bay bowed block with Baronial details to corner of Forrest Road and Lauriston Place. Coursed ashlar, painted to ground; rubble to side. Crowstepped gables. Windows in chamfered surrounds. Recessed single bay to outer right with moulded string course below eaves and timber dormer to attic; 2 gabled bays 2nd and 3rd from right: bipartites to 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors to left; later pilastraded granite-faced shop front to ground. Corbelled out 3-storey oriel in 4th bay from right with carved animal head below corbel and finialled pyramidal slated roof. Bipartite to 1st floor of 4th bay from left. Engaged 2-storey turret with original curved glass in re-entrant angle to left. Lower, recessed 3-bay block to left: later brown granite shop front to ground with cast-iron brattishing; single windows above in 1st and 2nd bays from right; 2 dormerheaded windows behind stone parapets to attic; canted corner to outer left with corbelled out finialled pyramidally-roofed 3-storey canted window.
Plate glass in timber sash and case windows. Graded grey slates. Corniced end stacks with circular cans.
Occupies and important corner site on the route from the Meadows to the High Street. Forrest Road was developed at the time when the Royal Infirmary was building.
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