Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Argyll And Bute
Planning Authority
Argyll And Bute
NS 24162 95106
224162, 695106


William Burn, circa 1830s. 2-storey, gabled, asymmetrical,

rambling-plan house on terrace with single storey quadrangular-

plan kitchen court attached to NE. Rubble with polished sandstone margins and dressings. Base course; quoin strips. Projecting bracketted eaves.

E (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: 3-bay main block to left with advanced 3-bay block to right with single storey kitchen block advanced to outer right. Main block with broad, advanced gable to left, blocked, gabled ashlar porch off-centre to left; elaborate escutcheon to keystone; window at centre in gablehead. Entrance bay at centre; advanced, piend-roofed, stugged sandstone porch, door in round-headed surround, 2-leaf wooden door; narrow flanking windows. Gabled dormerheaded window at centre above. Advanced gable to right, windows

symmetrically disposed, boarded door and dormerhead above at left return. Dormerheads to right with kitchen wing extended in front.

W ELEVATION: 3 wide bays. Canted window at centre, leaded half-piend roof; gabled dormerhead to window above. Flanking, full-height, canted bays swept to sqaure at gablehead. Broad, slightly-projecting advanced bay breaking eaves at centre of left return; tripartite windows; narrow window spanning corner. Lower 4-bay block recessed to left; slightly-advanced, broad gable to outer left, bipartite at ground and 1st floor. 3 near- symmetrical bays to right, dormerheads; window altered to door at penultimate bay to left, tripartite window at ground.

N ELEVATION: 2-storey, 2-bay main block of house to right with single storey, 4-bay kitchen block to left. Blank bay of main house to outer right; broad, advanced gable to left, 2 windows at ground, 2 small closely grouped windows at gablehead, shared mullions. Kitchen block to left, slightly-advanced gable to outer left, windows symmetrically disposed in bays to right.

S ELEVATION: 3 bays, canted window to outer left, window to outer right; 3 dormerheaded windows above.

INTERIOR: not seen 1993.

12-pane sash and case windows; some plate glass sash and case. Grey slate roof with lead flashings; tall corniced ridge stacks on pedestal base; terracotta cans.

TERRACE: steps with ashlar die and slab coping to W of house; plain ashlar steps to N.

Statement of Special Interest

Finnart House was designed by William Burn and is very similar to Ardarroch House, also designed by Burn to the NW of Finnart along the shore. It was the former seat of Edward Caird, a relative of John and Edward Caird, principal and professor respectively of Glasgow University. The house is now part of BP Oil depot and is surrounded by oil tanks. The house is in a neglected state. Finnart Lodge is listed separately.



OS 2nd edition 1898. F A Walker & F Sinclair NORTH CLYDE ESTUARY (1992) p117. F H Groome OS GAZETEER OF SCOTLAND (1897) p25.

About Listed Buildings

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

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