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Latitude: 57.6024 / 57°36'8"N
Longitude: -3.5783 / 3°34'42"W
OS Eastings: 305774
OS Northings: 858027
OS Grid: NJ057580
Mapcode National: GBR K8JM.PKT
Mapcode Global: WH5HC.059S
Plus Code: 9C9RJC2C+XM
Entry Name: Cathay House
Listing Name: Cathay House and Conservatory-Glass House Range
Listing Date: 25 April 1989
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 340892
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB8699
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Forres
Traditional County: Morayshire
George Simpson, architect, 1887-8. Large baronial villa with extensive conservatory and glasshouse range at W.
HOUSE: asymmetrical 2-storey house with E entrance front. Bullfaced rubble, contrasting tooled and polished ashlar dressings. Projecting square porch with segmental-headed entrance and crenellated wallhead; ornate panelled double-leaf door. Porch fronts tower-like centre bay rising above ridge with corbelled wallhead and steeply pitched crowstepped "cap house" roof. At left of entrance shallow projecting bipartite with corniced blocking course, decorative gablet-headed 1st floor window; ist floor oriel to right of centre.
Asymmetrical 4-bay S garden front with (right) ground floor projecting bowed 3-light window with corniced and ball finialled wallhead. Near centre 1st floor canted oriel; 2-storey angle drum tower at SW with narrow ground and 1st floor windows, deep eaves course with ball ornamentation and bellcast fish-scale conical slate roof with cast iron apex weathervane. Square 3-storey tower rises above W elevation with corbnelled and crenellated upper storey with angle bartizans and circular stair turret at NE. E,W and S upper storey elevations pierced by 3 narrow windows. Various ornamentation such as shaped or broken pediments to 1st floor windows; 2-pane glazing.
rowstepped gables; shaped coped wallhead and end stacks; slate roofs with decorative red tile ridges.
INTERIOR: panelled window shutters and doors; original carved wooden chimneypieces in public rooms; decorative plaster ceiling cornices.
CONSERVATORY-GLASSHOUSE RANGE: at W of house substantial glazed conservatory with 4-bay frontage, domed glazed roof supporting raised and domed toplight. Conservatory linked to house by 6-bay glazed passage with pitched glazed roof and pedimented porch similar to that fronting principal block. Extensive lean-to glass house at W.
Cathay built by a Mr John Kyle, an engineer who retired
to Forres after 18 years in China. He filled the house
with fine furniture and created an exotic garden.
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