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Latitude: 55.464 / 55°27'50"N
Longitude: -4.6344 / 4°38'3"W
OS Eastings: 233545
OS Northings: 622057
OS Grid: NS335220
Mapcode National: GBR 39.XX45
Mapcode Global: WH2PP.SXBM
Plus Code: 9C7QF978+H6
Entry Name: 20 Cathcart Street, Ayr
Listing Name: 20 Cathcart Street, Cathcart House Including Boundary Wall and Railings
Listing Date: 5 February 1971
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 356863
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB21533
Building Class: Cultural
County: South Ayrshire
Electoral Ward: Ayr West
Traditional County: Ayrshire
Earlier 19th century. 2-storey, basement and attic, 3-bay rectangular-plan house on corner site. Painted ashlar. Ground and 1st floor band courses; eaves course; cornice; blocking course. Painted margins to window openings.
NE (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: central stepped platt oversailing basement; Ionic-columned doorpiece; modillion cornice; central panel to block pediment; timber door; patterned letterbox fanlight; single window aligned above at 1st floor; flanking single windows at ground and 1st floor. Infilled at basement to right; timber glazed door to left at basement, modern window to right. Segmental-headed single dormers to outer right and left at attic.
NW (FORT STREET) ELEVATION: regular fenestration at ground and 1st floors; infilled windows to centre and left at 1st floor; pedimented gable; boundary wall adjoining to outer right (see below).
12-pane timber sash and case windows at ground and 1st floor; modern window at basement to left. Grey slate roof; corniced gablehead stacks; circular cans.
INTERIOR: not seen 1998.
BOUNDARY WALL AND RAILINGS: partly coped rendered brick wall to NW elevation. Ashlar copes surmounted by iron railings with spike finials flank entrance steps and enclose Cathcart Street basement frontage.
A good example of earlier 19th century building showing the development of Cathcart Street, which provided access from Sandgate to the New Church in Fort Street (see separate list description). Of particular note is the impressive doorpiece, and pedimented gabled bay fronting the busy Fort Street. Continuous ground floor band course, fenestration line, cornice and blocking course with Nos 10-14 (Even Nos) and 16 and 18 Cathcart Street (see separate list descriptions).