Listed Building

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Date Added
Local Authority
Argyll And Bute
Planning Authority
Argyll And Bute
NS 10553 63501
210553, 663501


David Hamilton, circa 1833. Classically-detailed, symmetrical 2-storey, 3-bay house; rectangular-plan; slightly recessed at centre. Yellow sandstone ashlar; raised ashlar dressings. Raised base course; banded ground floor rustication; corniced eaves; balustraded parapet. Paired Ionic pilasters at 1st floor flanking bays to outer left and right; segmental-arched windows set in recessed surrounds at ground; projecting cills; architraved square-headed windows at 1st floor; panelled cills; columnar doorpiece. Whitewashed harl at sides; raised base course; polished surrounds to openings (segmental-arched at ground, square-headed at 1st floor); projecting cills.

E (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: cast-iron barley-sugar balustraded stone stair to 2-leaf timber panelled door centred at ground; plate-glass fanlight; projecting doorpiece comprising fluted Doric columns, plain frieze, dentilled cornice; single window aligned at 1st floor. Single windows at both floors in bays to outer left and right.

N (SIDE) ELEVATION: single windows at both floors in bays at centre and outer right; blind openings at both floors in bay to outer left.

2-pane timber sash and case windows to front; 12-pane timber sash and case glazing to side; decorative stained glass stair window at rear. Graded grey slate piended roof; replacement rainwater goods. Corniced ashlar stacks; octagonal cans.

INTERIOR: architraved and corniced surrounds to timber panelled doors; timber skirting boards; decorative plaster cornices; plaster ceiling roses; foliate cast-iron balustraded stair, timber handrail, timber treads.

BOUNDARY WALLS AND GATEPIERS: round-arched rubble coping to random rubble wall to front. Panelled square-plan painted piers flanking S entrance; tapering caps; replacement cast-iron gates. Curved, painted render wall to N; panelled, square-plan piers flanking entrance; square-plan piers to outer left and right; replacement cast-iron gates.

Statement of Special Interest

An impressive classical house with some high quality detailing - a Greek Doric porch, banded rustication, coupled pilasters and a balustraded parapet. Inside, the grand stair, timber panelled doors and decorative plasterwork are of particular note. According to THE DAVID HAMILTON COLLECTION, Ascogbank is the work of David Hamilton and dates from around 1833.



Appears on Ordnance Survey map, 1863; F Walker & F Sinclair NORTH CLYDE ESTUARY: AN ILLUSTRATED ARCHITECTURAL GUIDE (1992) p155; THE DAVID HAMILTON COLLECTION (1995), Mitchell Library.

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

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