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Alloa Co-Operative Society Bowling Pavilion, Sunnyside Road, Alloa

A Category C Listed Building in Alloa, Clackmannanshire

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Latitude: 56.1206 / 56°7'14"N

Longitude: -3.7901 / 3°47'24"W

OS Eastings: 288806

OS Northings: 693431

OS Grid: NS888934

Mapcode National: GBR 1K.L6JC

Mapcode Global: WH5QD.RFD6

Plus Code: 9C8R46C5+7X

Entry Name: Alloa Co-Operative Society Bowling Pavilion, Sunnyside Road, Alloa

Listing Name: Alloa Co-Operative Sports Pavilion, Sunnyside Road, Alloa

Listing Date: 25 January 1990

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 356239

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB21025

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Alloa

County: Clackmannanshire

Town: Alloa

Electoral Ward: Clackmannanshire South

Traditional County: Clackmannanshire

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George Alexander Kerr of Kerr & McCulloch, 1925. 2-storey and attic, 5-bay, symmetrical sports pavilion, facing bowling green, open verandas at ground and 1st floors linking advanced end bays. Rendered and painted. String course between ground and 1st floors of E (principal) elevation; painted projecting cills. 5-light segmental arched dormers. Segmental arched opening with bowed cills to gables. Later 20th century addition adjoined to N elevation.

E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: full-height 3-light canted bay windows to advanced end bays. Simple timber balustrade at ground and 1st floor verandas; tapered square timber columns with distinctive bracket capital at 1st floor veranda; 2-leaf glazed and timber door to centre at 1st floor.

S ELEVATION: blocked opening at ground floor.

W (REAR) ELEVATION: full-height canted bay at centre with shallow-arched openings at ground floor.

Predominantly multi-paned timber windows at ground floor and multi-paned leaded windows at 1st. Non-original pantiled, pitched roof, piended roof to advanced end bays; swept overhanging eaves. Some cast-iron downpipes.

Statement of Interest

A well-detailed interwar sports pavilion designed by an accomplished local architect. The symmetrical principal elevation is largely unaltered with the unusual open verandas to ground and 1st floor framed by the canted pavilions. The distinctive bracketing detailing to the 1st floor veranda columns is reminiscent of the architect's earlier work in the Art Noveau style.

George Alexander Kerr was born in 1865. He was articled to various architectural practices until 1896, when he set up his own practice in Alloa. Initial commissions were for private houses but work diversified to commercial properties, churches and schools in Clackmannanshire after 1902 when Kerr took William McCulloch into partnership. The partnership ended around 1911, following MuCulloch's emigration to Tasmania, but Kerr produced several more public buildings before his death in 1927. Kerr was accomplished in the Art Noveau style with work such as Grange School (see separate listing) and the Soda Fountain Bar (1921), both in Alloa.

Scotland's place in the history of sport is exceptional. With the early origins of the games of curling and golf attributed to Scotland it is no surprise that our sporting-related architectural heritage is so rich and fascinating. Sport is an immensely significant part of our shared social and cultural history and one which continues to influence and shape our lives today. The architectural legacy of our sporting buildings tells us much about who we are as a nation.

Category changed from B to C and list description updated as part of the sporting buildings thematic study (2012-13).

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