Basic Site Details

Name: Palace Hotel
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: EDINBURGH. - The numerous alterations that have from time to time been carried out in Princes-street have improved the aspect of that fashionable thoroughfare. One of the most recent improvements contemplated is the erection of new premises for Messrs Taylor and Son, upholsterers, the plans of which have been designed by Mr John Lessels, architect, Edinburgh. On the ground floor will be two shops, with ware-rooms behind. The buildings when completed will present a facade 80 feet long aud 60 feet high, and, including the roof, the height will be 76 feet. The general character of the building will be Italian, worked out with a French feeling, and exhibiting considerable variety of detail. The shops are to project 4ft. outwards from the main facade of the buildings in order to give the effect of a screen. The upper portions of the buildings, consisting of three floors and attics, are intended to be let off as a first-class hotel. [Building News 26 March 1869 p282]

Building owned by John Taylor & Sons, cabinetmakers and furnishers.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 2Liberal ClubYes 
Item 2 of 2Taylor & SonsYes 

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 3HotelYesHotel on upper floors
Item 2 of 3ShopYesOriginally two shops on ground floor
Item 3 of 3Club Conversion 1889

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1108, 109, 110, Princes StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 31869  Original building
Item 2 of 31889  Conversion of Palace Hotel to Liberal Club
Item 3 of 319381940 Alterations and additions


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 6John LesselsArchitectA1869 Original building
Item 2 of 6Charles George Hood KinnearArchitectB1889 Conversion of Palace Hotel to Liberal Club
Item 3 of 6John More Dick PeddieArchitectB1889 Conversion of Palace Hotel to Liberal Club
Item 4 of 6Kinnear & PeddieArchitectural practiceB1889 Conversion of Palace Hotel to Liberal Club
Item 5 of 6George Legat MartinArchitectC19381940Alterations and additions
Item 6 of 6J B Dunn & MartinArchitectural practiceC19381940Alterations and additions


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Taylor, John and SonsFor original building


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Gifford, John, McWilliam, Colin and Walker, David M1984Edinburgh (The Buildings of Scotland) Harmondsworth: Penguin Books Ltdp312
Item 2 of 2RSA1869   908 (Lessels design)

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Building News26 March 1869  p282

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 3Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register30147 
Item 2 of 3National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDick Peddie and McKay Collection DPM/1880/27/5
Item 3 of 3National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSDunn and Findlay Collection EDD/794/1-36