A LANDMARK building in Edinburgh’s New Town has gone on sale for less than the cost of a semi-detached home in the capital. St Stephen’s Church has dominated the city’s skyline since it was built in 1828.But falling Church of Scotland attendances saw it close as a place of worship in 1992.
St Stephen’s, a Category A listed building, was designed by William Playfair, one of Scotland’s most revered architects, who also created the National Gallery of Scotland and the Royal Scottish Academy.
It sits at the heart of the Unesco World Heritage site, a fresh vision of city living said to have influenced 18th and 19th-century urban planning all over Europe.
Under existing planning rules, any prospective purchaser could use the three-storey building as a nursery, day centre, museum or library.