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Local Authority
Planning Authority
NS 59422 65250
259422, 665250


David Hamilton, architect, 1802-1805, interior recast by

John Baird II 1876. Classically detailed with Roman

motifs. Built to replace earlier (17th century) Hospital

as a home for aged men. 2-storey and attic with tall

slender tower and spire. Polished painted ashlar,

channelled at ground.

INGRAM STREET ELEVATION: 5-bay symmetrical front.

Central doorway has Roman Doric porch and double-leaf

panelled doors. Plain rectangular windows to ground. 1st

floor is double-height with inner 3 bays recessed in the

form of a colonnade. Corinthian columns in antis flank

large square-headed consoled windows with panel frieze

above. To end bays Corinthian pilasters flank niches

(an alteration of 1824) with statues of George and

Thomas Hutcheson (the founders) carved in 1649 by JAMES

COLQUHOUN, and resited from the original 17th-century

Hospital. The glazing is 6-pane to 1st, 2-pane to ground

with partly leaded coloured glass to lower panes.

Colonnade supports frieze with inscription recording the

founders, cornice and blocking course. Above this scroll

pediment to centre, to end bays oval "Roman" alters as

finial feature linked by balustrade.

JOHN STREET ELEVATION: simpler elevation of 2 wide bays.

Pilastered doorpiece to left, tripartite window to

right. To 1st shallow pedimented tripartites with

consoles. These are flanked by paired pilasters. Cornice

with solid deep parapet above, tripartite attic windows,

that to right blind. Wallhead corniced stack with

octagonal cans.

TOWER: square based, 4-stage tower with slim needle

spire. 1st stage with round-arched window, 2nd with

louvred openings flanked by paired Tuscan columns set

across angle. These support projecting cornice; clock

face to 3rd stage. 4th stage Ionic tempietto from which

rises spire surmounted by gilded orb and cross.

INTERIOR: completely recast by John Baird II in 1876, in

heavy classical style with lavish detail. Main Hall to

1st floor, windows and doors with heavy architraves and

pediments supported on moulded consoles, double-leaf

panelled doors. Windows with painted glass panels to

upper and lower parts. Panelling to wainscott level

throughout. 2 chimneypieces with Ionic columns

supporting elaborate entablature. Ceiling divided into 3

sections with moulded dentil cornice and good ceiling

rose, decorative iron ventilators. Scale and platt stair

with carved timber balusters.

Statement of Special Interest

Important street scape value as formal end to Hutcheson

Street. Owned by National Trust for Scotland.



Gomme and Walker 1987, p. . Doak (ed) 1977. Information

by courtesy of the Buildings of Scotland Research Unit.

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