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Latitude: 55.4642 / 55°27'51"N
Longitude: -4.6305 / 4°37'49"W
OS Eastings: 233795
OS Northings: 622071
OS Grid: NS337220
Mapcode National: GBR 39.XY5D
Mapcode Global: WH2PP.VX6G
Entry Name: 54 High Street and 1 Old Bridge Street
Listing Date: 10 January 1980
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 357004
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB21621
Building Class: Cultural
County: South Ayrshire
Electoral Ward: Ayr West
Traditional County: Ayrshire
John Mercer, 1880. 4-storey, 3-bay Renaissance detailed corner site tenement with ground floor shop. Polished red ashlar; banded rustication (excluding 3rd floor). Cornice to ground floor shopfront; dentilled cill course to 2nd floor; band course to 3rd floor; triglyph entablature to cornice; balustraded parapet with dies.
SW (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: banded pilasters flank modern shopfront at ground; central 2-leaf aluminium door; flanking shop windows. Regular fenestration to upper floors. Cavetto round-arched recesses to 1st floor windows; bowed iron balcony to central window; balustraded aprons with iron balconies to flanking bays. Segmental-headed architraved windows to 2nd floor; balustraded aprons; bracketed cornices. Lugged architraves to 3rd floor windows; bracketed iron balconies.
SE (OLD BRIDGE STREET) ELEVATION: 5-bay. Double banded pilasters divide bays at ground to modern shop; shop windows; timber entrance door to outer right; large plate glass square fanlight. Regular fenestration at upper floors, detailing as at SW elevation (see above) with exception of plain aprons and iron window guards to 3rd floor windows.
French windows to 1st floor; 4-pane timber sash and case windows to 2nd and 3rd floors. Grey slate piend roof; decorative corniced wallhead stacks; square cans.
INTERIOR: not seen 1998.
A distinctive 4-storey building in the predominantly ....... 2- and 3-storey High Street, notable for its finely detailed Renaissance motifs. Of particular note, are the unusual corniced square cans. In use as a coffee house in the earlier 20th century, as indicated in AYR AND DISTRICT DIRECTORY.