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Latitude: 55.4559 / 55°27'21"N
Longitude: -4.6358 / 4°38'8"W
OS Eastings: 233424
OS Northings: 621160
OS Grid: NS334211
Mapcode National: GBR 39.Y97D
Mapcode Global: WH2PW.R4P9
Plus Code: 9C7QF947+8M
Entry Name: Kensal Tower, 65 Bellevue Crescent, Ayr
Listing Name: 65 Bellevue Crescent, Kensal Tower Including Boundary Wall
Listing Date: 10 January 1980
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 356827
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB21509
Building Class: Cultural
County: South Ayrshire
Electoral Ward: Ayr West
Traditional County: Ayrshire
Circa 1887. 2-storey and exposed basement, 2-bay asymmetrical-plan Italianate villa, with 4-stage square-plan tower and single storey section to SE. Squared and snecked sandstone. Ground floor cill course; dividing band course between ground and 1st floor of main house; bracketed eaves course; cornice.
W (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: steps to recessed tower to outer left; pierced balustrade; ball finials to newel posts; band courses at springing line of doorpiece at 2nd stage, dividing 2nd and 3rd stages; cill course at 4th stage; pierced balustrade; 2-leaf timber door at 2nd stage; fanlight; single window at 3rd stage; bipartite window at 4th stage. Advanced 2 bays to outer right; slightly advanced bipartite bay at basement and single window at ground floor to left; single window at 1st floor breaks eaves; canted bay to outer right; regular fenestration at all floors (no windows to canted faces of basement). Recessed single storey section to right.
N (SIDE) ELEVATION: 2-bay. Timber entrance door to outer left; narrow arrow slit window to right at 1st stage of tower; 2 single windows at 2nd and 3rd stages (round-arched window to right at 2nd stage); bipartite window at 4th stage to tower to outer right.
E AND S ELEVATIONS: not seen 1999.
Predominantly plate glass and 4-pane timber sash and case windows. Slate low-pitched and piended roof; timber bracketed eaves; brick ridge and pitch stacks; polygonal cans. Cast-iron rainwater goods.
INTERIOR: not seen 1999.
BOUNDARY WALL: high coped boundary wall enclosing site; vehicular timber gate to right; timber pedestrian gate to left.
A good example of late 19th century villa architecture fronting Racecourse Road. Pattern book in its stylistic origins, it is distinguished by its recessed tower and timber bracketed eaves.
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