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Latitude: 55.9466 / 55°56'47"N
Longitude: -3.2054 / 3°12'19"W
OS Eastings: 324815
OS Northings: 673272
OS Grid: NT248732
Mapcode National: GBR 8LH.6T
Mapcode Global: WH6SL.QSTN
Entry Name: 85-93 (Odd Nos) Lothian Road
Listing Date: 29 March 2001
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 395283
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47894
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: City Centre
Traditional County: Midlothian
David MacGibbon, 1864. 4-storey 5-bay plain classical terraced tenement with later shops at ground floor. Coursed ashlar painted black at 1st floor). Cornice above shops; cill course at 3rd floor level; moulded eaves cornice. Modern shop-fronts; modern door to upper storeys in centre bay. Windows in lugged and bracketed surrounds to 1st and 2nd floors; bipartites in outer bays.
Plate glass in timber sash and case windows. Shouldered wallhead stack with circular cans; corniced ridge stacks with circular cans.
Nos 71-103 Lothian Road were designed by David MacGibbon (Thomas Hamilton's successor as advisor to the Merchant Company) to complete Burn's plain palace block, echoing his design for Nos 125-165 Lothian Road (formerly known as Downie Place), and forming an impressive piece of urban design in an important situation. On Kincaid's 1784 map Lothian Road is marked as 'New Road' and flanked by fields. A plan similar to what was built for this area, with a square to be known as Orchardfield Square where the Usher Hall is, marked 'This square is not built but is intended,' is on Ainslie's 1804 map. Wood's 1820 plan shows the area more or less as eventually built. The Merchant Company adopted William Burn's plan for the Grindlay's Orchardfield estate in 1820. The 1877 OS map shows this block (Lothian Road, Grindlay Street, Bread Street) complete.
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