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- Category: A
- Date Added: 05/02/1971
- Supplementary Information Updated: 29/03/1999
- Local Authority: South Ayrshire
- Planning Authority: South Ayrshire
- Burgh: Ayr
National Grid Reference
- NGR: NS 33638 21990
- Coordinates: 233638, 621990
Peddie & Kinnear, 1857. 3-storey, 5-bay Italian Renaissance former bank on corner site. Polished ashlar. Base course; connecting springing line to ground floor windows; ground floor frieze; 1st and 2nd floor cill courses (fretwork frieze beneath to NE elevation); eaves course (decorative roundels within to NE elevation); dentilled frieze; mutuled cornice. Raised quoins. Round-arched windows at ground floor, aprons, architraved from springing line to crown, keystones to NE elevation; consoled cornices at 1st floor round-arched windows, keystones, ornamental work to spandrels; shouldered-arched architraved windows at 2nd floor.
NW (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: entrances to outer right and left; decorative consoled doorpieces; shell tympana; keystones; 2-leaf timber doors; 3 single windows between. Regular fenestration to upper floors.
NE (NEWMARKET STREET) ELEVATION: 4-bay. Regular fenestration to all floors. Additional single bay to outer left (see Notes).
4-pane timber sash and case windows. Grey slate low-pitched roof; corniced wallhead stacks.
INTERIOR: decorative frieze and cornices remain to reception rooms; cast-iron barley sugar balusters and timber handrail to staircase.
Statement of Special Interest
Built for Royal Bank of Scotland. THE BUILDING CHRONICLE of 1857 writes, "... we are warranted in saying that its spacious dimensions, the elegance of the design, and the beauty of the stone (which was supplied from Dunaskin quarry, near Dalmellington), mutually combine to render the building an attractive ornament of the town." A wing to the rear of the building, with an entrance from Newmarket Street was used by the bank porter (see list description for 71 Newmarket Street).
Ordnance Survey map, 1896 (evident); THE BUILDING CHRONICLE Vol 2 (June 1857) p214; N Hynd HISTORIC BUILDINGS COUNCIL REPORT (1978); Rob Close AYRSHIRE AND ARRAN (1992), p15; Dane Love PICTORIAL HISTORY OF AYR (1995), p21; NMRS Photographic Archive (AY/461).
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