Listed Building

The only legal part of the listing under the Planning (Listing Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997 is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing – see 'About Listed Buildings' below for more information. The further details below the 'Address/Name of Site' are provided for information purposes only.

Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Argyll And Bute
Planning Authority
Argyll And Bute
NS 29490 82414
229490, 682414


Walter Wood Robertson, 1893; extended by 5-bay block to S, probably by

W T Oldrieve, early 20th century. 2-storey, L-plan post office in Beaux Arts influenced style on corner site with angle entrance tower, single storey wing to W. Cream sandstone ashlar, rusticated ground floor and quoins. Base course; cill and lintel courses; string course; cornice between groun and 1st floor; dentilled eaves course; cornice; parapet. Each block flanked by rusticated quoins with cartouche decoration below cornice at 1st floor and surmounted by pedestals with urns at parapet level.

Original block: round-arched keystoned and pilastered windows at 1st floor with decorated consoles above pilaster capitals supporting cornice.

N (PRINCES STREET/ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: 2-storey, 2-bay semi-circular entrance tower to NE angle with lead cupola and louvered lantern; paired pilasters on plinth to centre, modern fanlit door to left, window to right, pilaster to outer right and left, moulded oval ashlar panel above door and window. Frieze above inscribed 'Post and Telegraph Office'. Floreate panel above to centre with royal monogram VR and date stone 1893. Round-arched windows flanking. Block to right of entrance tower with bipartite window to centre at ground and 2 closely spaced windows at 1st floor.

Pedimented single storey wing to outer right; window to centre flanked by narrower windows; corbelled ashlar post box below window to centre with modern metal face.

E (COLQUHOUN STREET) ELEVATION: 4 bays; bipartite window to centre at ground, window flanking to right, doorway to left, recessed ashlar panel above with cartouche and mask decoration. 2 closely spaced windows to centre at 1st floor, windows flanking.

Ground floor windows, 2-fixed-panes and top-hopper, 6-pane and top-hopper to 1st floor windows, acroterion detail above central mullion of windows. Grey slate roof, rooflight to E, corniced ashlar stacks. Later block:

E (COLQUHOUN STREET) ELEVATION: 2-storey and attic, symmetrical 5-bay block; similarly detailed as above but with square-headed windows at ground and 1st floor.

Windows with 2-fixed-panes and top hopper. Grey slate roof,

4 flat-roofed slate-hung dormers with 6-pane sash and case windows; corniced ashlar stacks.




About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. 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 legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Other than the name or address of a listed building, further details are provided for information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland does not accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered as a consequence of inaccuracies in the information provided. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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