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Latitude: 55.9757 / 55°58'32"N
Longitude: -3.1667 / 3°10'0"W
OS Eastings: 327289
OS Northings: 676467
OS Grid: NT272764
Mapcode National: GBR 8V5.1C
Mapcode Global: WH6SM.B299
Entry Name: 2 Bernard Street and 28 Constitution Street
Listing Date: 14 December 1970
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 363772
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB26886
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Leith
Traditional County: Midlothian
Peddie and Kinnear, dated and monogrammed 1871; door moved from centre, 1882. 3-storey 5-bay Italian palazzo-style bank with earlier single storey wing to NE. Cream sandstone, polished ashlar to front and SE, squared and snecked rubble to rear and side; stugged ashlar with polished dressings to wing. Base course; Greek key pattern frieze and cornice above ground floor; cill course at 1st and 2nd floor; string course above 1st floor linking window cornices; heavy eaves cornice with antefixae and deep moulded brackets alternating with fleurons; channelled ground floor; architraved windows with panelled aprons incorporating roundels; ground floor windows segmental-arched with console bracketted cills; 1st floor windows round-arched, consoled and corniced with floral carving to spandrels; 2nd floor windows with shouldered architraves and inset roundels; bracketted cornices to wallhead stacks.
SW (BERNARD STREET) ELEVATION: segmental-arched doorway with consoled pediment to outer right, ornate anthemion guilloche carving to jambs, floreate frieze and anthemion pediment, 2-leaf panelled door; single windows above and to remaining bays.
NW (CONSTITUTION STREET) ELEVATION: 4-bay; blank bay detailed as above to outer left with tall wallhead stack. Segmental-arched consoled and corniced doorway with single window to right, single and bipartite windows flanking to left. Bipartite windows to bay to right of centre. Single windows to remaining bays; wallhead stack to left of centre. Single storey asymmetrical 3-bay wing; slightly advanced broad centre bay breaking eaves with Ionic pilasters, cornice and blocking course and tripartite window set in round-arched panel; single window to left bay; 2 single windows to right bay.
NW ELEVATION: broad shouldered wallhead stack.
NE (REAR) ELEVATION: M-piend roof; single windows.
Timber sash and case windows with plate glass glazing, 4-pane to rear. Slate roof, metal flashings, mansard roof to earlier wing; 3 wallhead (see above) and central stack.
INTERIOR: main banking hall modernised.
Group with Nos 4-18 Bernard Street, 1-31 Bernard Street, 29-43 Constitution Street and Robert Burns Statue.
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