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Leith Customs House

Customs House, Leith
©2016 Gazetteer for Scotland

Customs House, Leith

Located in Commercial Street, is the Customs House, one of several grand public buildings in Leith, reflecting the wealth of the town in the 19th Century. It was here that ship's masters would declare their cargoes and pay any duties. Built between 1810-12 by Robert Reid (1774 - 1856), it is in the Neo-Classical Greek Doric style, with a recessed portico centred on a rather severe frontage. William Burn (1789 - 1870) made alterations to the exterior but particularly was responsible for the interior between 1824-27. Notable is the grand imperial stair, with its acanthus-leaf balustrade, and domed ceilings above this stair, in the Long Room and Board Room.


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