Listed Building

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BLAIR HOUSELB1196

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
A
Date Added
14/04/1971
Local Authority
North Ayrshire
Planning Authority
North Ayrshire
Parish
Dalry (N Ayrshire)
NGR
NS 30453 48034
Coordinates
230453, 648034

Description

Composite building whose dates range from 16-19th centuries.

Scottish Jacobean. Originally a 16th century tower house,

altered at different periods. Now roughly 'T'-plan. A

reset lintel dated 1617 suggests some building then; the

substantial south wing is dated 1668 on the pedimented

dormer heads; 18th century east wing; 1893 north wing and

re-fronting of east range by Thomas Leadbetter. 3 and 4

storeys. Rubble built, with ashlar dressings throughout.

Principal doorway in square tower in south re-entrant

angle with decorative pilastered doorcase and Blair arms

above, supported by elaborate scrolls; small turret,

also with doorway, to right. East wing is on 2 levels,

that nearer central tower raised by Leadbetter, and

corbelled 2-storey crow-stepped gabled projection added

to right. Leadbetter's west is in similar style to the

17th century south wing, but with corbel tables included

below gables. Crow-stepped gables, corniced end, ridge

and wallhead stacks and slate roof throughout. Good turnpike

stair and some late 18th/early 19th century interiors

in south wing. Further interior work by Leadbetter.

Statement of Special Interest

MacGibbon & Ross, "Castellated and Domestic Architecture"

vol IV pp.240-243 and figs. 816-821.

References

Bibliography

MacGibbon & Ross, "Castellated and Domestic Architecture"

vol IV pp.240-243 and figs. 816-821.

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