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- Category: A
- Date Added: 03/08/1971
- Local Authority: Dumfries And Galloway
- Planning Authority: Dumfries And Galloway
- Parish: Cummertrees
National Grid Reference
- NGR: NY 14025 68696
- Coordinates: 314025, 568696
Sir Robert Smirke, 1813-20, William Burn executant architect. John Park, contracting mason. Greek revival mansion, mainly 2/3 storeys composed around tall square central tower. Polished ashlar. Elevations with variety of planes; tall inner, and lower outer bays, but otherwise severely plain originally; roof balustrades and urns by Barbour and Bowie circa 1900 add a baroque flavour. Large low service court to NW with conservatory on S block; pedimented gateways at E of house probably by Bowie, circa 1922. House essentially 7 x 5 bays (elevation symmetrical but not identical), twin-pilastered port-cochere central on long N elevation with round-arched tripartite doorway behind, small bipartites above, and flanking narrow semi-bays; outer tripartite ground floor windows to S in segmental-headed panels; otherwise, mainly sash windows with 12 or 9-pane glazing. 1st floor cill band; main cornice and blocking course; concealed roof. Office court entered from W; piend-roofed corner block at NE; blocked eaves.
INTERIOR: Most original ornament survives in excellent condition. Central full-height domed hall with 1st floor galleries, shallow-vaulted room at E, S-facing room with compartmented ceiling. Cantilevered stair in tower; good marble and timber chimneypieces.
Statement of Special Interest
Stone taken from Cove quarry, Kirkpatrick Fleming (New
Statistical Account, pp. 284-5).
NMRS - copy vol. of drawings by Alexander Johnstone includes one entitled "...Conservatory of Kinmount House"; not exactly as built.
David Walker in Scottish Georgian Society pub; SCOTTISH
PIONEERS OF THE GREEK REVIVAL, 1984;
ref to Barbour in RIBA nomination papers.
Thomas Shepherd, MODERN ATHENS, 1829. (views in Scotland).
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