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43-49 John Finnie Street, Kilmarnock

A Category C Listed Building in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.6094 / 55°36'34"N

Longitude: -4.4996 / 4°29'58"W

OS Eastings: 242649

OS Northings: 637928

OS Grid: NS426379

Mapcode National: GBR 3G.MQ5V

Mapcode Global: WH3Q9.V8JK

Plus Code: 9C7QJG52+Q5

Entry Name: 43-49 John Finnie Street, Kilmarnock

Listing Name: 43-49 (Odd Nos) John Finnie Street

Listing Date: 3 July 1980

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 380597

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB35910

Building Class: Cultural

ID on this website: 200380597

Location: Kilmarnock

County: East Ayrshire

Town: Kilmarnock

Electoral Ward: Kilmarnock West and Crosshouse

Traditional County: Ayrshire

Tagged with: Shop Tenement

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Earlier 20th century; later alterations. 2-storey, 5-bay range with classical details. Modern shops at ground floor. Red sandstone ashlar. Channelled piers at ground; blind balustraded band course at 1st floor; 1st floor divided by single and paired engaged Corinthian columns; lightly projecting canted central bay; entablature; balustraded parapet; blind parapet to central with raised cornice. Pend at right.

E (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: modern shop front at ground with channelled piers. Slightly projecting central canted bay with tripartite window on front face and single windows on side faces; tripartite windows flank centre. Attic box dormer to outer left.

Circa 1920s glazing with opening top hoppers and fixed lower panes. Pitched slate roof.

INTERIOR: not seen 2001.

Statement of Interest

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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