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54 High Street and 1 Old Bridge Street

A Category B Listed Building in Ayr, South Ayrshire

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Coordinates

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

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 357004

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB21621

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Ayr

County: South Ayrshire

Town: Ayr

Electoral Ward: Ayr West

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Description

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.

Statement of Interest

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.

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