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69-73 (ODD NOS) COMMERCIAL STREET (Ref:37273)

This building is in the Shetland Islands Council and the Lerwick Burgh. It is a category C building and was listed on 18/10/1977.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: HU 4777 4126.

Description

Late 18th century. 2-storey, 4-bay tenement of rectangular double-pile plan. Roughcast ground floor and W elevation, with cement margins, random rubble upper elevations to N and E, with stugged sandstone dressings. Margined windows.N (COMMERCIAL STREET) ELEVATION: asymmetrical, 4 bays; ground floor; plate glass fixed-light shop window at outer right, panelled doors with glazed uppers in centre bays, 6-panel, 2-leaf flush-beaded door with 4-pane fanlight above in bay to outer left with 4-pane fixed-light shop window adjacent to left; chamfered corner corbelled out to square at 1st floor, regularly fenestrated windows at 1st floor. E ELEVATION: double gable, that at right with windows at ground and 1st floors to right and in gablehead to right of centre. Modern glazing at upper floors, green fish-scale tile roof to N roof, grey slate to S roof, coped rubble apex stacks with moulded circular cans to E gables, concrete skew copes, stacks and skew copes at W gables removed.

Notes

A photograph of circa 1975 shows the building with harled elevations, painted at shopfronts, and a matching 3-flue stack with skew copes at the W gable. An older photograph shows the principal elevation with 12-pane timber sash and case windows. This building would benefit enormously from sensitive restoration as carried out at Nos 2-8 and 10 Commercial Street rather than the treatment received by its neighbour at no 77-79. Although this building has lost some of its original features, it retains its original proportions and therefore continues to make and important contribution to the fabric of Commercial Street.

References

James W Irvine LERWICK (1985) plate 14.

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