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

20 CATHCART STREET, CATHCART HOUSE INCLUDING BOUNDARY WALL AND RAILINGSLB21533

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
05/02/1971
Local Authority
South Ayrshire
Planning Authority
South Ayrshire
Burgh
Ayr
NGR
NS 33545 22057
Coordinates
233545, 622057

Description

Earlier 19th century. 2-storey, basement and attic, 3-bay rectangular-plan house on corner site. Painted ashlar. Ground and 1st floor band courses; eaves course; cornice; blocking course. Painted margins to window openings.

NE (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: central stepped platt oversailing basement; Ionic-columned doorpiece; modillion cornice; central panel to block pediment; timber door; patterned letterbox fanlight; single window aligned above at 1st floor; flanking single windows at ground and 1st floor. Infilled at basement to right; timber glazed door to left at basement, modern window to right. Segmental-headed single dormers to outer right and left at attic.

NW (FORT STREET) ELEVATION: regular fenestration at ground and 1st floors; infilled windows to centre and left at 1st floor; pedimented gable; boundary wall adjoining to outer right (see below).

12-pane timber sash and case windows at ground and 1st floor; modern window at basement to left. Grey slate roof; corniced gablehead stacks; circular cans.

INTERIOR: not seen 1998.

BOUNDARY WALL AND RAILINGS: partly coped rendered brick wall to NW elevation. Ashlar copes surmounted by iron railings with spike finials flank entrance steps and enclose Cathcart Street basement frontage.

Statement of Special Interest

A good example of earlier 19th century building showing the development of Cathcart Street, which provided access from Sandgate to the New Church in Fort Street (see separate list description). Of particular note is the impressive doorpiece, and pedimented gabled bay fronting the busy Fort Street. Continuous ground floor band course, fenestration line, cornice and blocking course with Nos 10-14 (Even Nos) and 16 and 18 Cathcart Street (see separate list descriptions).

References

Bibliography

John Wood's Plan of Ayr, 1818 (not evident), Ayr and Suburbs Parliamentary Boundary map, circa 1832 (evident); William Dodd "Ayr: A Study of Urban Growth" in AYRSHIRE ARCHAEOLOGICAL AND NATURAL HISTORY COLLECTIONS, Vol 10 (1972), pp347, 358; Rob Close AYRSHIRE AND ARRAN (1992), p11; NMRS Photographic Archive (A5245).

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.

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