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Latitude: 55.9761 / 55°58'33"N
Longitude: -3.1797 / 3°10'46"W
OS Eastings: 326477
OS Northings: 676530
OS Grid: NT264765
Mapcode National: GBR 8R5.F6
Mapcode Global: WH6SM.414Z
Entry Name: Edinburgh, 25, 27 North Junction Street, Leith School of Art
Listing Date: 9 September 1988
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 364382
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB27276
Building Class: Cultural
Unitary Authority Ward: Leith
Traditional County: Midlothian
James Simpson of Leith adapting design by Johan Schroder of Copenhagen, 1868-9. Early Gothic former church with apsidal chancel and 2-stage diminishing gabled tower with spire; offices to rear. Squared and snecked stugged cream sandstone with ashlar dressings. Chamfered arrises; pointed-arch openings to church.
E (NORTH JUNCTION STREET) ELEVATION: gabled front with steps to gabled porch at centre; heavily roll-moulded doorcase with colonnetes and hoodmould; 2-leaf chevron-boarded door with decorative hinges. Hoodmoulded windows flanking porch; pair above with united hoodmould; louvred vesica at apex; cross finial. Tower to right. Set back to left single storey lobby with door and window.
TOWER: window at ground to front with hoodmould; diagonal
buttresses; rectangular lights to outer faces above; date 1868 at front left corner. Belfry with louvred lancets and steep gables to each face; bestial waterspouts at corners. Slender pyramidal spire with alternating bands of fishscale slating and ball finial, and small louvred, keel lucarnes.
N ELEVATION: 4 bays to right of spire; 3rd and 4th blocked and obscured by breeze block addition. Lower apsidal end set back to right.
W ELEVATION: bowed apsidal chancel with pair of windows projecting from gable end of church with vesica at apex.
S ELEVATION: 4 bays of church with gable of lobby at far left.
Fixed multi-pane timber windows. Grey slates with lead flashing; preponderance of large velux skylights. Ashlar coped skews with bracketed skewputts. Cast-iron bracketed gutters and downpipes with some decorative rainwaterheads.
INTERIOR: open scissor-braced timber roof. Floor inserted to create attic studio space. Stained glass windows to chancel. 2-leaf fielded-panel doors to narthex.
OFFICES: adjoined to W (rear) of church, pitched-roof single-storey offices; skewed gable to N with vesica in gablehead. Lean-to porch to S with boarded door in shouldered surround with corresponding 2-pane fanlight. Windows to E.
GATEPIERS, RAILINGS AND BOUNDARY WALLS: pair of stop-chamfered gatepiers to front with bases, pyramidal caps and ball-finials. Modern cast-iron railings on ashlar base. Rubble boundary wall to N with semi-circular coping.
Ecclesiastical building no longer in use as such. This is the oldest Norwegian seamen?s church outside Norway. It was converted in the early 1980s to an art college.
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