This photo comes from the
RCAHMS* collection. Commenting on the
photo, RCAHMS say:
"George Street was originally two opposite
rows of plain-fronted houses. As the grand central thoroughfare of James
Craig's New Town, it was made wider than its sister streets, Princes
Street and Queen Street..
This elegant late Georgian shop front has a
central door with Ionic columns on either side, and is reached by a flight
of stone steps from the pavement, as if it were still a house.
George Street had no shops at first, but quite
early in the 19th century a few select establishments began to appear on
the ground floors of houses. With the Victorian age came the
projecting shop front, built out over the basement area."
RCAHMS = Royal Commission on the Ancient & Historical
Monuments of Scotland