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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
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 373102
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB31779
Building Class: Cultural
Location: Fort William
Town: Fort William
Electoral Ward: Fort William and Ardnamurchan
Traditional County: Inverness-shire
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.
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
Sandstone dressings (now mostly painted) said to have been
brought from Moray via the Caledonian Canal.
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