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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Local Authority
Planning Authority
NS 54867 61850
254867, 661850


Insufficiently documented, but architect likely to have

been somcone based in the west, such as Allan Dreghorn.

Dated 1752. Large piend-roofed box-type house with

additions by Sir R Rowand Anderson from 1890 onwards

for Sir John Stirling Maxwell, these essentially

comprising the wings and entrance hall (1890),

reconstructed forecourt to NE, garden pavilions to SW

(1903), offices to NW.

Pollok House, together with the contents and grounds,

was presented to the people of Glasgow by Mrs Anne

Maxwell MaDonald in 1966 and is now a museum, the

grounds a public park.

ORIGINAL HOUSE: 3 storeys over half-raised basement -

fully raised to garden front - plain elevations,

rusticated quoins, keystoned lintels at ground and 1st

floors; off-set over base course and - unusually - over

band course at 1st floor; advanced, pedimented

centrepiece to forecourt (NE), single wall-plane to

garden (excluding off-sets), wide centre bay with

entrance in Venetian window arrangement, sculptured

swags either side of each upper floor window (3 further

plain bays each side). Deep main cornice; bell-cast

slated roof with stacks at leaded platform, and over

flank wall-heads. Internal layout departs from the norm,

centre entrance hall full depth of house and well-lit to

garden, columned screen; also cross-ways full length

corridor; open main stair on right hand on entering

(concealed service stair occupies corresponding position

on basically symmetrical plan); dining and drawing rooms

of equal size, separated by hall, both facing garden

and containing some of the high quality original

decorative plasterwork in the house.

ADDITIONS: (Anderson's work respected the original house

so far as could be): sympathetic restrained Gibbsian/

William Adam style; FLANKING WINGS (library to SE,

billard room to NW) are single storey with Venetian

windows to the garden like the garden doorway; ENTRANCE

HALL is D-ended on plan and re-uses original doorcase,

double flighted stair within; KITCHEN at NW has roof-

dome, large cast-iron range; OFFICES extending NE have

pedimented round-arched pend, with sculptured ornament,

facing court and driveway. FORECOURT is enclosed by tall

walls, channelled piers at intervals and at gateway, all

with urns; decorative cast-iron gates.

Terraced GARDEN to SW with ogee-roofed pavilions,

balustrades, steps.



POLLOK HOUSE (Guide book); Sir John Stirling Maxwell,


above - attributed the house to William Adam [d. 1748],

but that ascription now seems doubtful).

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