Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Group Category Details
100000020 - See Notes
Date Added
Local Authority
Argyll And Bute
Planning Authority
Argyll And Bute
NS 08751 64723
208751, 664723


Earlier to mid 19th century with mid to later 20th century alterations at ground. Rectangular-plan, plain classical style 3-storey with attic corner block with later bank at ground, hotel above and with prominent mansard roofed attic storey. 2-bay to Victoria Street (N); 5-bay to Tower Street (W); recessed bowed corner. Polished granite pilastered shopfront at ground; deep cornice above. Painted render to N at 1st and 2nd floors; painted, coursed droved sandstone to W at 1st and 2nd floors. Raised base course; raised cill course at 1st floor; corniced eaves. Architraved rectangular-panel detailing between upper floors to Victoria Street and between upper floors in 2 bays to left to Tower Street.

N (VICTORIA STREET) ELEVATION: regular fenestration. Slightly recessed full-height bow to corner, bank entrance at ground comprising 2-leaf timber panelled door, architraved timber surround, block pediment, armorial panel above; overhanging polygonal porch; single windows to 1st and 2nd floors; single dormer above.

W (TOWER STREET) ELEVATION: timber panelled door at ground in bay to outer right, plate-glass fanlight; single windows at ground in remaining bays to left. Single windows at both floors in 3 bays to right of centre; single dormers in penultimate bay to right and bay to outer right; bipartite dormer off-set to left of centre. Blind bays at both floors in 2 bays to left of centre.

Timber glazing at ground; 2- and 12-pane timber sash and case windows to upper floors. Graded grey slate Mansard roof; corniced wallhead stacks to W; various circular cans.

Statement of Special Interest

B-Group with 37 Victoria Street, 39 and 41 Victoria Street, 60 and 62 Montague Street and 64, 66, 68 Montague Street (see separate listings). 37 Victoria Street is a good example of an earlier 19thcentury tenement building with commercial premises at ground floor. The building is well-detailed in a plain classical style and is set on a prominent corner, making a good contribution to the streetscape of the centre of Rothesay and an impressive entrance into Tower Street in particular. The building is characteristic of the growth of Rothesay in the 19th century, and the comparatively high quality urban architectural style, including a classical design scheme, is a reflection of the status of the town during this period.

Rothesay is one of Scotland's premier seaside resorts, developed primarily during the second half of the 19th and the early 20th centuries, and it incorporates an earlier medieval settlement. The town retains a wide range of buildings characteristic of its development as a high status 19th century holiday resort, including a range of fine villas, a Victorian pier and promenade.

The history and development of Rothesay is defined by two major phases. The development of the medieval town, centred on Rothesay Castle, and the later 19th and early 20th century development of the town as a seaside resort. Buildings from this later development, reflect the wealth of the town during its heyday as a tourist destination, and include a range of domestic and commercial architecture of a scale more often found in larger burghs. Both the 19th and early 20th century growth of the town, with a particular flourish during the inter-war period, included areas of reclaimed foreshore, particularly along the coast to the east of the town and around the pier and pleasure gardens.

(List description revised as part of Rothesay listing review 2010-11)



1st Edition Ordnance Survey (1855-64); F Walker & F Sinclair North Clyde Estuary: An Illustrated Architectural Guide (1992) p150; F A Walker, Buildings of Scotland: Argyll and Bute (2000) pp 615-29.

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