215 High Street, former British Linen Banks building
Biro and Indian ink on a collage on recycled envelope
410mm x 265mm
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Narrow asymmetrical 2-bay 3-storey tenement with Edwardian Renaissance details, former bank premises to ground, now gallery. Long return elevation to Nicholas Street, partly single storey. Polished red sandstone, polished pink granite basecourse.
The building was built in 1895 and originally housed a branch of the British Linen Company Bank. After that the bank housed a fruit merchant on the ground floor which had been converted to a store. It isn’t clear if any other businesses were housed in the building in-between, but the building is now occupied by Civic Room (a non-profit gallery that is currently in the process of restructuring itself, leaving the building’s ground floor empty). There are also flats located on the upper floors of the building.
It is a category B listed building listed on the British Listed Buildings site here
It is also listed on the Buildings at Risk Register for Scotland here