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Braehouse, 15-21 Manse Brae, Rhu

A Category B Listed Building in Rhu, Argyll and Bute

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Latitude: 56.0174 / 56°1'2"N

Longitude: -4.7793 / 4°46'45"W

OS Eastings: 226856

OS Northings: 683981

OS Grid: NS268839

Mapcode National: GBR 0C.SSBZ

Mapcode Global: WH2M3.K0CT

Plus Code: 9C8Q268C+X7

Entry Name: Braehouse, 15-21 Manse Brae, Rhu

Listing Name: Rhu Village, 15-37 (Inclusive Odd Nos) Manse Brae, Braehouse with Boundary Walls

Listing Date: 18 March 1994

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 353884

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB19514

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Rhu

County: Argyll and Bute

Electoral Ward: Lomond North

Parish: Rhu

Traditional County: Dunbartonshire

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Joseph Weekes, 1938. 2-storey, 11-bay long U-plan range of flatted council houses; Scots 17th century details. Situated on hill, stepped housing to NE. Grey- painted harl with sandstone dressings; raised cills; base course;

SE ELEVATION: long, 11-bay asymmetrical range; 2 entrance towers flanking 4 centre bays, 3 bays to outer left of SW tower, 2 bays to outer right of NE tower. Angled entrance at outer left corner, corbelled to square above, modern door; widely-spaced bay to right, aluminium door at ground with narrow arrowslit window above; window to right at ground, long bipartite (both with replacement glass) directly under eaves. Roof line raised to gable in bay to right against tower, narrow arrowslit in gable; entrance at ground leading to rear court and flats. Advanced, round tower to right, door at SW side, united with yard entrance by flat semi-circular masonry canopy; door at ground of NE side of tower; 3 narrow windows symmetrically disposed under

eaves. 4-bay block to right of tower; windows near-symmetrically disposed in 2 bays immediately to right, that to right at 1st floor large tripartite, timber mullions. Bay to right raised to gable, window at ground, 2 windows at 1st floor (replacement uPVC hopper windows). Bay to right against tower, window at ground, dormerhead breaking eaves above. Door at ground of tower on NE side, door at SW united with court entrance by semi-circular masonry canopy. 2 bays to right, windows near-symmetrically disposed at ground and 1st floor,

that at 1st floor outer right, wide and shallow tripartite timber


NW (REAR) ELEVATION: rear court formed by SW and NE jambs; varying levels, varying windows openings.

SW ELEVATION: 4 bays, windows symmetrically disposed.

NE ELEVATION: asymmetrical, advanced gable to outer right, windows variously disposed at ground and under eaves; angle door corbelled to square above.

12-lying-pane glazing sash and case windows, windows get progressively narrower towards the NE; replacement uPVC windows. Grey slate roof with triangular tile ridge coping; conical roofs for towers; slightly projecting eaves. Squat, broad, coped rendered ridge stacks.

INTERIOR: not seen 1992.

BOUNDARY WALL: low, rubble, slightly battered wall with semi-circular coping bounding flats to E. Small, rendered dividing walls with triangular-coping.

Statement of Interest

Braehouse was designed by Joseph Weekes, the housing architect for Dumbarton County Council (1919-1946), in 1938 for a sum of ?5900. It is one of the most sophisticated groups of attached houses and was praised as model housing of its type in the Scottish Housing Advisory Committee Report 'Planning of our Homes' published in 1942. Weekes designed similar flatted type housing in Ardenconnel Road, Rhu Village

and Station Road at Garelochhead. The complex is representative of the move to more careful planning and the redeployment of Scottish detailing in a modern vernacular style.

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