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Forth Place Station House

A Category B Listed Building in Burntisland, Fife

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.057 / 56°3'25"N

Longitude: -3.2346 / 3°14'4"W

OS Eastings: 323213

OS Northings: 685596

OS Grid: NT232855

Mapcode National: GBR 26.QK7P

Mapcode Global: WH6S6.80ZX

Entry Name: Forth Place Station House

Listing Date: 24 November 1972

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 358417

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB22783

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Burntisland

County: Fife

Town: Burntisland

Electoral Ward: Burntisland, Kinghorn and Western Kirkcaldy

Traditional County: Fife

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Description

Mid 19th century. 2-storey, 8-bay with single storey pavilion porches, office and waiting room building, built for railway terminus, altered and extended to N to adjoin Forth Hotel. Classical facade with columned prostyle portico, anthemion and palmette capitals; pavilion porches with square piers and pediments and deep ashlar parapets behind. Dressed ashlar with stone quoins, coursed whinstone to rear at 1st floor; base course and band course, dentilled and mutuled cornice.

W (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: bays grouped 1-2-4-2-1 with 4 lower recessed bays at centre. Panelled 2-leaf door with fanlight in bay to right of centre, 3 windows to right with square archway to outer right, 2 windows to left and 2 panelled 2-leaf doors with fanlights beyond, porch pavilion (access to railway station) to outer left, open porch to outer right. Regular bays at 1st floor.

Single storey extension to left (N) with 2 windows and 2 boarded doors in small additional porch, lower outhouses beyond.

E ELEVATION: altered. Panelled door with fanlight to outer right, 2 adjacent windows to left, window at centre with canted window to left, small box extension with door beyond and further window to outer left. 1st floor evidence of gable of former adjoining building with window to left and to right.

S ELEVATION: ground floor with centre window and chamfered corner to SE, 2 windows at 1st floor.

10- and 12-pane (with narrow borders) glazing pattern at ground, 4-pane glazing pattern at 1st floor all in timber sash and case windows. Grey slates, coped ashlar stacks and skews.

INTERIOR: decorative cast-iron balustrade with wooden handrail.

Statement of Interest

The Station House stands on the S side of Burntisland Station opened 1847, and provided the facade for glass covered train sheds, the station being the first ferry terminal in Scotland with passengers disembarking to wait in the Station House or nearby Forth Hotel. Gifford likens the building to Thomas Hamilton's Dean Orphanage, Edinburgh by Gifford & Millar. Currently in use as offices for Forth Ports PLC.

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