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Latitude: 55.9593 / 55°57'33"N
Longitude: -4.819 / 4°49'8"W
OS Eastings: 224119
OS Northings: 677619
OS Grid: NS241776
Mapcode National: GBR 09.XHF1
Mapcode Global: WH2M8.YGDW
Entry Name: Binnie Street, Former Gourock Primary School
Listing Date: 10 September 1979
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 378199
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB34006
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Inverclyde West
Traditional County: Renfrewshire
Alexander Cullen, dated 1908. Large 3-storey school with Glasgow Art Nouveau details comprised of 2 rectangular blocks linked at N corner, and small janitor's house to NW. Pink sandstone, coursed and squared rubble with polished ashlar bands and dressings. Stylised pilaster strips framing details; geometric Art Nouveau details in red sandstone.
SW (FRONT) ELEVATION: 10-bay. 6 centre bays with recessed 2nd floor behind parapet, catslide roof with overhanging eaves and exposed rafters, regular fenestration; 2 wallhead stacks. Advanced penultimate bays flanking as bowed stair towers with tall parapets and half-conical roofs, squared doorways inscribed 'BOYS' and 'GIRLS', 3 tall vertical strip windows divided by pilasters above. Gabled outer bays with
windows to inner faces enclosed by pilaster strips with geometric
detail to gablehead.
SE ELEVATION: 9-bay. 3-bay gable to outer right, geometric detail to gablehead. Regular fenestration.
NW ELEVATION: as above. Gabled rear wing projecting to outer left with modern additions and secondary external stair.
NE (REAR) ELEVATION: 9-bay with regular fenestration; rear wing projection to outer right, gabled on return.
JANITOR'S HOUSE: single storey, 3-bay, gabled janitor's house to NW; doorway to centre, semicircular pediment with geometric detail above rising from corbels and breaking eaves. Bipartite windows to outer bays.
Timber sash and case windows with mostly 3-pane upper sashes and 6-pane lower sashes. Slate roof with lead flashings; 2 wallhead stacks to SW (see above), 1 to rear. Squared eaves gutter and dated gutterheads.
INTERIOR: not seen 1993.
BOUNDARY WALLS AND GATEPIERS: low rubble wall to front, square-plan gatepiers with flat domed coping, plain iron railings and gates.
The front facade with its glazed bowed stair towers is a direct quotation of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Scotland Street School in Glasgow (1904-6).
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