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34 and 34a Sandgate

A Category B Listed Building in Ayr, South Ayrshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.4634 / 55°27'48"N

Longitude: -4.6336 / 4°38'0"W

OS Eastings: 233593

OS Northings: 621990

OS Grid: NS335219

Mapcode National: GBR 39.XXBV

Mapcode Global: WH2PP.SYQ2

Entry Name: 34 and 34a Sandgate

Listing Date: 15 February 1977

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 357217

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB21790

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Ayr

County: South Ayrshire

Town: Ayr

Electoral Ward: Ayr West

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Description

David Rhind, 1863, with later additions to N. 3-storey, 3-bay Italian Renaissance former bank on corner site. Coursed, stugged, squared sandstone; ashlar dressings. Base course; 1st and 2nd floor cill courses; dentilled and mutuled cornice; balustraded parapet with dies (dies only to NE elevation). Original windows round-arched; aprons and cornices at ground floor; pilastered, sculpted-head keystones at 1st floor windows (additional aprons to NE elevation); keyblocks and rosette spandrels to lugged architraved windows at 2nd floor.

SE (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: pilastered doorpiece to outer right; round-arched entrance within; glazed timber door; fanlight; regular fenestration to remaining bays.

NE (ST JOHN STREET) ELEVATION: 4-bay, with later single bay extension to outer right. Consoled cornice to round-arched, keystoned doorpiece to right; timber door; regular fenestration to remaining bays. Single windows at ground and 1st floor to lower, single bay extension to outer right.

Plate glass timber sash and case windows. Grey slate roof; wallhead stacks; circular cans.

INTERIOR: dentilled cornice remains to ground floor shop.

Statement of Interest

Former Commercial Bank. A good classical example of Ayr's banking history, notable for its fine detailing, especially the sculpted-head keystones (typical of David Rhind) and combination dentilled/mutuled cornice. Rhind executed much work for the Commercial Bank, including branches in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Perth, Linlithgow, Fife, Girvan and Stirling.

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