Basic Site Details

Name: 137-138 Princes Street
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: B listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Historic Scotland listing dates the original building c.1790

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 2Tenement  
Item 2 of 2Restaurant  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1138, Princes StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 51861  New saloon
Item 2 of 51896  Alterations - plans dated
Item 3 of 51902  Alterations
Item 4 of 51903  Alterations
Item 5 of 51976(?) * Alterations and additionsFacade dismantled and re-erected. Modern shopfronts added at ground; large pedimented tripartite dormer added.

* earliest date known from documented sources.


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 11Alexander MacGregorArchitect 1861 New saloon
Item 2 of 11George Washington BrowneArchitectC1896 Plans for alterations drawn up
Item 3 of 11John More Dick PeddieArchitectC1896 Plans for alterations drawn up
Item 4 of 11Peddie & Washington BrowneArchitectural practiceC1896 Plans for alterations drawn up
Item 5 of 11George Washington BrowneArchitectA1902 Alterations
Item 6 of 11John More Dick PeddieArchitectA1902 Alterations
Item 7 of 11Peddie & Washington BrowneArchitectural practiceA1902 Alterations
Item 8 of 11George Washington BrowneArchitectB1903 Further alterations
Item 9 of 11John More Dick PeddieArchitectB1903 Further alterations
Item 10 of 11Peddie & Washington BrowneArchitectural practiceB1903 Further alterations
Item 11 of 11Morris & SteedmanArchitectural practiceD1976 * Alterations

* earliest date known from documented sources.


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1McLaren, John - bookseller 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 3Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltd(1988) p313
Item 2 of 3RSA1861   662
Item 3 of 3Youngson, A J1966The Making of Classical Edinburgh Edinburgh University Press(1966) pp79-83

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register30148137 and 138 Princes Street
Item 2 of 2National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDick Peddie and McKay Collection DPM 1890/17/1