Basic Site Details

Name: Kennington and Jenner (I) Princes Street
City or county: Edinburgh
Country: Scotland
Status: Demolished
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Notes: An addition of considerable magnitude, and involving extensive alterations, is in progress at the premises of Messrs Kennington and Jenner, who possess frontage both to Princes'-street and South St. David-street. The firm have recently acquired for business purposes no fewer than three adjoining properties, the greater part of which will be incorporated with the main establishment by the end of next month. The buildings acquired cover a space of nearly 200 feet from north to south, and about 100 feet from east to west. It is proposed to connect the interior of the new premises with the present silk saloon (entered from Princes'-street) by means of a flight of steps, which will also form the approach to the large domed saloon, that formed the chief apartment in the Messrs Whyte's establishment, and to the other, prominent apartments on the same level. This old saloon, perhaps from its proximity to Princes'-street, has latterly been " the sport of fortune." Some twenty years ago it was a well-known, if not fashionable, coffee and smoking-room or divan, where loungers "sipped the juice of Mocha's berry," and puffed away the lagging hours. Then it was transformed into a place of worship for the congregation now under the pastorate of the Rev D T K Drummond. Anon the saloon degenerated into a business apartment, with no special attractiveness; and now, made gay by the painter and decorator, its mellow light and fine proportions will not inappropriately display " the latest fashions " to the eye of youth and beauty. The new premises will (besides the saloon) include a new carpet-room, and a suite of well-ventilated and comfortably-fitted up apartments, approached by a spacious staircase, for female employees. Externally, the chief indication of this extension and alteration will be a new frontage to South St. David-street, which will exhibit three large plate-glass windows, a handsome private doorway leading to the apartments above the saloon floor, and a series of window openings, dressed with cornices and architraves. Mr. David Bryce, Jun., is the architect, and Mr. Robert Hunter, Jun., the builder. [Building News 20 September 1861 p766]

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2Princess Strret  
Item 2 of 2South St David Street  


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 11861 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 1David Bryce (junior)Architect 1861  


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1Kennington and Jenner 


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Building News20 September 1861  p766, from the Scotsman