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Latitude: 55.9494 / 55°56'57"N
Longitude: -3.1377 / 3°8'15"W
OS Eastings: 329046
OS Northings: 673508
OS Grid: NT290735
Mapcode National: GBR 2B.Y324
Mapcode Global: WH6SM.SQ1J
Entry Name: 3 and 4 Northfield Gardens
Listing Date: 8 December 1987
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 396553
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB49044
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Craigentinny/Duddingston
Traditional County: Midlothian
Reginald Fairlie, G Reid & J Smith Forbes, 1921. 3-storey, 5-bay Local Authority tenements of 12 flats each. Outer bays advanced. Snecked rubble with darker rubble window dressings. Rubble cill-band to 2nd floor beween advanced bays. Central timber panelled door in ashlar-moulded doorway below blocked canopy. Regular fenestration of predominantly bipartite windows. Rubble voussoirs to ground floor windows. Low quadrant links with arched opening, red tile voussoirs, string course, blocked eaves and red pantiled skews.
Plate glass in sash and case windows (formerly 12-pane glazing). Piended broad-eaved roof; bell-cast eaves to projecting end bays; grey slate. Tall rubble chimney stacks with cornice; projecting shouldered chimney breast to wallhead, breaking eaves.
Group with 3 and 4 Northfield Gardens. All four tenements form a linked crescent. Built under the 1919 Housing Act following a competition covering four areas of proposed local authority housing. The competitions for all the areas, which were judged by Sir John Burnet, were won by Messrs A K Robertson & T Aikman Swan. However, the planning committee decided that no firm of architects should be appointed to carry out more than two schemes, so Fairlie, Reid & Forbes, whose designs had been awarded 3rd place, were appointed to do the Willowbrae Road scheme. It is not made clear in THE BUILDER whether they were obliged to adopt the winning design, or allowed to use their own.
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