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Latitude: 55.8739 / 55°52'25"N
Longitude: -4.2871 / 4°17'13"W
OS Eastings: 257004
OS Northings: 666888
OS Grid: NS570668
Mapcode National: GBR 0DG.13
Mapcode Global: WH3P2.3MTC
Entry Name: University of Glasgow, Gilmorehill Campus Building E5, 64 Southpark Avenue, Southpark House Including Former Stables, Gatepiers and Boundary Walls
Listing Date: 22 March 1977
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 376079
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB32907
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Hillhead
Traditional County: Lanarkshire
Circa 1850. 2-storey, basement and attic, 6-bay classical double villa. Polished ashlar sandstone, droved to basement and sides. Architraved windows; ground level band course; ground floor cill band; plain entablature; cornice forming 1st floor corbelled cill band with aprons; eaves cornice; balustraded die parapet.
FURTHER DESCRIPTION: Central paired entrance (N altered) at head of steps oversailing basement area, 2-bay Doric portico columns paired in centre, triglyph and panel frieze, mutule cornice, balustraded die parapet. 1st floor windows corniced; ground floor windows blocked at N. 6 segmental-headed dormers. Plain return elevations with irregular fenestration, parapet over outer bays. Dormers to rear elevation. Balustraded parapet walls to basement area.
4-pane timber sash and case windows. Grey slate piended roof.
INTERIOR (seen 1988): coffered, corniced ceilings to main rooms. Cast-iron stair balusters. Top-lit stairlights with coloured glass.
FORMER STABLES: Located to N of house. Stable with pedimented gables; rubble with ashlar dressings and coping.
GATEPIERS AND BOUNDARY WALLS: panelled gatepiers with corniced caps. Coped, squared and coursed rubble boundary walls.
Southpark House is an unusual example of a double villa design, and a surviving early villa from the original residential development of Hillhead. The double design was developed to provide tow houses for father and son William Govan. This type of large detached villa would have characterised the early phases of development in this area. The villa is well detailed with particularly prominent paired entrances with a Doric portico. The villas are prominently set on ground rising above the road, and make a significant contribution to the streetscape of the area.
The double villa was constructed circa 1850 for William Govan Senior and William Govan Junior. The father and son were partners in the muslin manufacturers, William Govan & Son. The house was the last of the large villas to be built in Hillhead before the more intensive developments of terraces and tenements.
The 1858 Ordnance Survey Town Plan shows Southpark House set in a large symmetrical (but undivided) garden extending between Ann Street (now Southpark Avenue) and Hillhead Street.
Formerly listed as '64 Southpark Avenue, Southpark House'.
List description updated as part of review of the University of Glasgow Hillhead Campus, 2011. The building number is derived from the University of Glasgow Main Campus Map (2007), as published on the University's website www.gla.ac.uk.
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