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Latitude: 55.6096 / 55°36'34"N
Longitude: -4.4995 / 4°29'58"W
OS Eastings: 242652
OS Northings: 637948
OS Grid: NS426379
Mapcode National: GBR 3G.MQ6W
Mapcode Global: WH3Q9.V8JF
Plus Code: 9C7QJG52+R5
Entry Name: 39, 41 John Finnie Street, Kilmarnock
Listing Name: 39 and 41 John Finnie Street
Listing Date: 3 July 1980
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 380596
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB35909
Building Class: Cultural
County: East Ayrshire
Electoral Ward: Kilmarnock West and Crosshouse
Traditional County: Ayrshire
Tagged with: Architectural structure
Circa 1870; later alterations. 2-storey, 3-bay symmetrical Italian Gothic property. Modern shop fronts to ground floor. Red Ballochmyle sandstone. Distinctive 1st floor design divided by pilasters with facetted finials; higher central bay with gablehead; bracketed cills to windows; mock machicolated cornice.
E (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: modern shop fronts to ground. Central gable at 1st floor: quadripartite window with stone mullions and transoms; hoodmould rises to central star enclosing plaque; crowstepped gable above with central arched light with hoodmould; fleur-de-lys finial at apex. Tripartite windows in end bays: pointed-arched architraves and hoodmoulds enclosing carved hatching.
2-pane timber sash and case windows to 1st floor. Slate roof; straight skews to roof; short, corniced brick stacks at gableheads.
INTERIOR: not seen 2001.
Part of the John Finnie Street A-Group. John Finnie Street is nearly ? mile long and was built around 1864. It provided a grand thoroughfare for the town with the focal point to the north being the railway station. Business and commerce spread to this street and rows of high quality, 3-storey red sandstone buildings were constructed. The ground floors were given over to retail; offices and accommodation were above. The street dominated the lower, narrower streets in Kilmarnock that were filled with traditional buildings. The street's architect was William Railton, who went on to design the Kilmarnock Infirmary (now demolished) and the surveyor was Robert Blackwood.
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