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Restoring Elm Row

EWH has awarded a grant to help restore an Elm Row shop back to its Georgian appearance.

Jan 21, 2013

No. 13 Elm Row was designed in 1821 by the famous architect William Playfair, as part of his masterplan for the area around Calton Hill. It is planned as part of a ‘palace-fronted’ block, with a series of individual houses brought together in a unified design.

The property seems to have remained unchanged until 1881, when a plate glass shopfront was fitted to the ground floor. Then in 1907 the shop expanded to the first floor, and a single large window was fitted to light the new retail space.

The repayable grant of £59,013 will help to restore the first floor, replacing the single large window with traditional sash and case, reinstating the stone cornice and removing the paint to reveal the ashlar stonework underneath.

In 2011 EWH launched the ‘Showcase Your Shopfront’ initiative in partnership with the City of Edinburgh Council, to encourage owners to improve their premises. Shopfronts play a very important role in the city's historic character and even a single high-quality example can make a significant improvement to the streetscape. Regenerating parades of shopfronts throughout the World Heritage Site, is a priority for the Conservation Funding Programme over the next few years.

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