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Gracemount House

A B-listed mansion in S Edinburgh, Gracemount House lies 3½ miles (5.5 km) south southeast of the city centre and has been a youth and community centre since 1964. It was built c.1780, considerably altered and expanded in 1800, added to and altered again around 1890 and again c.1932. Today it consists of an entrance block, facing east, with a further block behind. The east front features oversized bays at either side of the entrance and comprises a just a single storey but with a deep basement and attic rooms within a mansard roof.

The house and estate were sold to Edinburgh Corporation on the death of its owner, Charles Green (1866 - 1920) who was a legal publisher in the city. It was used as a nursing home for some years but then lay vacant until it took on its current use. Its policies were gobbled up to form the Gracemount public housing estate from the 1950s, with only a modest unkempt garden remaining, which includes a walled garden, outbuildings and a fenced sports pitch. Gracemount Community Park now lies adjacent.


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