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Glentower, Auchintore Road, Fort William

A Category B Listed Building in Fort William, Highland

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Coordinates

Latitude: 56.8133 / 56°48'47"N

Longitude: -5.1183 / 5°7'5"W

OS Eastings: 209752

OS Northings: 773421

OS Grid: NN097734

Mapcode National: GBR FBRQ.09N

Mapcode Global: WH1FY.B0YP

Plus Code: 9C8PRV7J+8M

Entry Name: Glentower, Auchintore Road, Fort William

Listing Name: Achintore Road, Glentower, (Former Ben Nevis Low Level Observatory).

Listing Date: 29 May 1985

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 373102

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB31779

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Fort William

County: Highland

Town: Fort William

Electoral Ward: Fort William and Ardnamurchan

Traditional County: Inverness-shire

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Description

Sydney Mitchell, dated 1889. Some early 20th century
additions and alterations, Scottish Renaissance detail.
2-storey and attic, asymmetrical 4-bay north facing house.
Red harled, contrasting painted tooled ashlar dressings.
Near centre door under corniced, segmentally pedimented
doorpiece with port-hole light right; entrance sheltered by
early 20th century slated canopy linking angle drum tower at
right (west) to early 20th century projecting square
tripartite bay window at left (east); decorative wooden
struts and trellis work support canopy. Round drum tower
rises full height, terminating in slated, bellcast domed roof
with lead finials. 2 dormers heads break eaves under shaped
gablets with long 4-light window between. 2 diminutive swept
dormers in roof. Canted single storey wing at east gable
(former observatory) early 20th century single storey and
attic, 2-bay wing to
rear, also with shaped gabletted dormerhead; canted bay
window with centre glazed door to rear; diminutive gable
attic windows; multi-pane glazing; ground and 1st floor
windows linked by moulded string course. Original rainwater
goods; margined, coped end stacks; crowsteps; slate roofs.

Statement of Interest

High Level Meteorological Observatory (also designed by S.

Mitchell, but now ruinous) operated on summit of Ben Nevis

from 1883-1904, linked by telegraph with Low Level

Observatory which operated 1889-1904. Both establishments

directed by Scottish Meteorological Society, Edinburgh. Low

Level Observatory built with funds raised during Edinburgh

Exhibition 1886 and donations, on land feued by Cameron of

Lochiel.

Sandstone dressings (now mostly painted) said to have been

brought from Moray via the Caledonian Canal.

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