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Latitude: 55.951 / 55°57'3"N
Longitude: -3.1835 / 3°11'0"W
OS Eastings: 326189
OS Northings: 673741
OS Grid: NT261737
Mapcode National: GBR 8QG.M6
Mapcode Global: WH6SM.2P97
Entry Name: 2 Cranston Street, Former Canongate Christian Institute, Including Gatepiers
Listing Date: 24 January 2003
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 396643
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB49078
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: City Centre
Traditional County: Midlothian
Robert Paterson and Son, 1877-8. Scots Baronial 2-storey L-plan building; treated as 2 blocks stepped to slope. Crowstepped gables to W, S and N. Squared and snecked bull-faced cream sandstone; polished ashlar margins; stop-chamfered openings; long and short quoins. Predominantly stone mullioned and transomed windows; 1st floor cill course; ground floor string course crowstepped to N.
W (CRANSTON STREET) ELEVATION: symmetrical 3-bay; central gable with tripartite stone window within pointed-arched recess; small oculus above. 2 flanking triangular-pedimented gables, blank shields within; bipartite windows.
S ELEVATION: asymmetrical 2-bay; iron framed stair and deck access with railings to recessed entrance bay at elevated ground right; cinquefoil above shouldered doorway. Advanced left gable; large tripartite window within hoodmoulded pointed-arched recess; carved shield above reads 'Canongate Christian Institute 1878'. 2 glazed timber doors (modern) to lower ground level.
N ELEVATION: asymmetrical 9-bay. Lower 5-bay E block: outer left 2-bay gable, central 2-bay section with triangular-pedimented gablets; single-bay gable to right. 4-bay W block: 2 triangular-pedimented gablets to left; 2-bay gable to right; small hoodmoulded attic opening.
E ELEVATION: symmetrical 5-bay; transomed single windows.
GATEPIERS: cornice-capped, square-section piers to Cranston Street, later walls and railings.
Late 20th century timber-framed glazing throughout. Grey slate pitched roofs; rebuilt coped apex stacks with circular clay cans; conical-roofed ridge vent. Cast-iron hoppers and downpipes.
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