Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Argyll And Bute
Planning Authority
Argyll And Bute
NS 08736 64727
208736, 664727


Earlier to mid 19th century. Near-square-plan, plain classical style 3-storey corner tenement with shops at ground; 3-bay to Victoria Street (N); 2-bay to Tower Street (E); bowed corner. Shopfronts comprising polished granite to right of centre with granite plinth, decorative mosaic floor-detailing; painted render to left of centre with decorative mosaic detailing inset in base course; heavy cornice. Painted render to upper floors; raised cill course beneath 1st floor windows; lintel course beneath corniced eaves. Architraved rectangular-panel detailing between upper floors to Victoria Street. Painted rubble sandstone to upper floors to Tower Street; raised margins; projecting cills.

N (VICTORIA STREET) ELEVATION: replacement timber panelled door centred at ground (No 41), quadripartite fanlight; shop to right of centre comprising recessed glazed and timber panelled door; plate-glass fanlight; flanking mirrors; mosaic floor-detailing to front inscribed "chemist"; large flanking windows; shop to left of centre (No 39). Regularly fenestrated in all bays at 1st and 2nd floors. Slightly recessed full-height bow to outer left comprising recessed part-glazed timber door at ground; architraved fanlight; foliate mosaic floor detailing to front; glass-enclosed columns advanced to outer left and right supporting overhanging porch corbelled out to 1st floor; single windows at 1st and 2nd floors.

E (TOWER STREET) ELEVATION: shop at ground. Regularly fenestrated in both bays at 1st and 2nd floors.

Predominantly 12-pane timber sash and case windows; some replacement glazing to Victoria Street. Grey slate roof; corniced wallhead stack to N; circular cans.

INTERIOR: not seen 1996.

Statement of Special Interest

B Group with No 37 Victoria Street, Nos 60 and 62 Montague Street and Nos 64, 66 and 68 Montague Street (see separate list entries). Forms an impressive entrance into Tower Street. Of particular interest are the shop-fronts, especially No 39, with its mosaic detailing and enclosed columns.

Rothesay is one of Scotland's premier seaside resorts, developed primarily during the second half of the 19th and early 20th centuries, and 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 sometimes 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).



Does not appear on Wood's map, 1825; appears on Ordnance Survey map, 1863.

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