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Edinburgh, Newhaven, 36, 38 Main Street

A Category C Listed Building in Edinburgh, Edinburgh

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.9805 / 55°58'49"N

Longitude: -3.1944 / 3°11'39"W

OS Eastings: 325568

OS Northings: 677031

OS Grid: NT255770

Mapcode National: GBR 8N3.FN

Mapcode Global: WH6SD.XY15

Entry Name: Edinburgh, Newhaven, 36, 38 Main Street

Listing Date: 17 October 1996

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 390302

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB43706

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Edinburgh

County: Edinburgh

Town: Edinburgh

Unitary Authority Ward: Leith

Traditional County: Midlothian

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Description

Ian Lindsay & Partners circa 1970. 3-storey, 12-bay rectangular-plan tenement block forming part of terrace; grouped 3-3-3-3. Single storey flats to ground floor; double-height flats to 1st and 2nd floors. Harled and limewashed; raised and painted concrete surrounds to openings; exterior stairs with timber railings to 1st floor.

S (MAIN STREET) ELEVATION: single timber boarded doors to ground set in stair recess in bays to outer left (Nos 24, 28, 32 & 36). Boarded timber doors facing W set beneath stairs. Single windows to ground in bay to left and right. Stair to 1st floor entries in central bay (Nos 26, 30, 34 & 38). Replacement timber panelled doors to Nos 26, 30 and 38; original timber slatted doors to remainder. Single windows to 1st and 2nd floor in bays to outer right; single windows to 2nd floor in bays to centre.

N (PIER PLACE) ELEVATION: variety of single and bipartite windows to rear; symmetrically disposed.

Replacement uPVC windows to No 30; replacement timber windows to No 38; original metal sash and case windows to remainder. Machine-made red pantiled roof; precast concrete skews. Harled gablehead stacks to E and W; ridge stacks equally spaced between properties; precast concrete copes; circular cans.

Statement of Interest

B Group with Nos 12-22 Main Street, Newhaven (see separate list entries). One storey higher than the rest of the terrace, this block's respect of that which was previously on the site should be noted (designed to replace a building of a similar height). For, as shown in McGowran, p 88, it replaced a 4-storey, 10-bay sandstone tenement with shops in the ground floor. Known as the "Klondyke" (having been built at the time of the gold rush), it was considered a sign of great prosperity to own a flat here. Although a storey lower than the Klondyke with no shops and a pitched instead of a flat roof, Ian Lindsay & Partners' interpretation of the 1970s is worthy of recognition - both in itself and in relation to their whole Newhaven scheme. Despite harsh detailing and element of standardisation (precast concrete skews, standard timber railings and red pantiles), this was a pioneering attempt to conserve and improve an entire fishing village. A substantial project with a clear philosophy, it contrasts with more recent restoration attempts and thus, illustrates the differing and developing attitudes towards conservation.

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