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- Category: B
- Date Added: 06/12/1993
- Local Authority: Argyll And Bute
- Planning Authority: Argyll And Bute
- Burgh: Dunoon
National Grid Reference
- NGR: NS 17272 76919
- Coordinates: 217272, 676919
Robert A Bryden, 1873. Asymmetrical 2-storey and 2-storey and attic, Scottish Baronial, L-plan burgh hall building set on corner site. Grey-green random rubble with cream sandstone ashlar dressings. String course; stepped corbel course; crowstepped gables; beak skewputts. ARGYLL STREET (E) ELEVATION: 2-storey, 3-bay block set back from street with taller hall building adjoining to right. Lower block with pointed-arch doorway with 2-leaf doors, set within basket-arched and moulded surround, to outer right. Bipartite window to centre and left at ground. Single window to centre and left at 1st floor with bipartite window to outer right. Taller burgh hall building to right, 3 single windows to centre and outer right, twin pointed-arch windows to outer left. 2 tall windows to centre at 1st floor, with cornices and moulded panels above. Stepped corbel course above, with circular window with cusped tracery above to centre in crowstepped gable. Curved angle to left corbelled to square below angle bartizan.
SIDE ELEVATION: 2 bipartite windows to left of centre at ground, 2 single windows to right, 4 single windows at 1st floor. Taller gabled bays to outer right and left. Bay to outer left with single pointed-arch window at ground, 2 windows at 1st floor, circular window to gable above. Doorway to bay to outer right, with pointed-arch window above.
REAR (W) ELEVATION: gabled bay with 3-light window to gable, gabled porch to outer left, with doorway to W, 2-light window on return to left.
INTERIOR: not seen. Variety of glazing patterns; timber sash and case windows with 2-pane glazing others with 2-pane to lower sashes and single pane to upper sashes; fixed-pane glazing to burgh hall. Grey slate roof; coped ashlar stacks, moulded cans.
Statement of Special Interest
The ground for the burgh hall was gifted to the people of Dunoon by
Mr Macarthur Moir. R A Bryden was appointed by the Commissioners to prepare plans for a hall to accommodate 700 people. It was formally opened on 25 June 1874. It was described in the Dictionary of the Clyde published 1888, as one of the principal edifices in the town most worthy of notice. It was noted that "it was erected at a cost of $4,000 and containing the municipal offices with a hall that can accommodate 500 persons and is adorned with a stained glass window".
Information courtesy of J Gerrard, Scottish Civic Trust.
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