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2 Wishart Place and Dysart Road, Strathearn Hotel with Boundary Walls and Gatepiers

A Category B Listed Building in Kirkcaldy, Fife

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Latitude: 56.124 / 56°7'26"N

Longitude: -3.1312 / 3°7'52"W

OS Eastings: 329772

OS Northings: 692937

OS Grid: NT297929

Mapcode National: GBR 2B.L4J8

Mapcode Global: WH6RV.WB4M

Entry Name: 2 Wishart Place and Dysart Road, Strathearn Hotel with Boundary Walls and Gatepiers

Listing Date: 3 December 1980

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 381223

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB36444

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Kirkcaldy

County: Fife

Town: Kirkcaldy

Electoral Ward: Kirkcaldy East

Traditional County: Fife

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David Forbes Smith, 1901. 2-storey and attic, 4-bay, rectangular-plan gabled villa with conical-roofed polygonal angle turret; later 20th century additions to N and E not included in this listing. Bull-faced, squared and snecked rubble with polished and droved ashlar dressings, and painted ashlar porch. Splayed base course and eaves cornice continued as string course across gables. Gablehead windows with moulded pediments, shell-detail to stone gable finials; stone mullions and chamfered arrises.

W (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: centre bay with canted Ionic-columned pedimented porch with balustraded parapet, 2-leaf panelled timber door with plate glass fanlight and 2 narrow windows to either side; 3 windows at 1st floor. Flanking advanced gabled bays, that to left with full-height canted 4-light window to each floor, balustraded parapet and small window in gablehead; that to left blank with small window in gablehead; angle turret with 4-light window at each floor, corbel to corniced blocking course and decorative iron weathervane to outer right.

S ELEVATION: gabled outer bays, that to left with window to each floor and in gablehead, that to right with full-height canted 4-light window, balustraded parapet and window in gablehead; bay to centre tripartite window to each floor, balustraded parapet above and modern full-width horizontal window behind.

Modern extension to N and E.

Plate glass glazing in timber sash and case windows. Grey slates with red ridge tiles. Coped ashlar stacks with cans, that to E shouldered. Cast-iron downpipes with fleur-de-lys decorated rainwater hoppers.

INTERIOR: entrance hall with segmental-arched doorway, decorative-astragalled screen door, white marble Corinthian columns and pilasters; oak doors, dado and ceiling panelling, Ionic-columned chimneypiece with clock set in mantel shelf and stepped canopy behind; decorative plaster frieze and panelled ceiling. Ground floor rooms have decorative cornices, ribbed and patterned ceilings. Timber staircase with barley-twist balusters and 4-light window with coloured and leaded glass; small segmental-arched gallery to 1st floor landing .

BOUNDARY WALLS AND GATEPIERS: coped rubble boundary walls with 2 pairs of rusticated ashlar gatepiers with chamfered angles; inner piers with vermiculated pinnacles, outer with wrought-iron lamp brackets; linked by curved stugged and channelled ashlar screen walls.

Statement of Interest

Built for the Wishart family, Strathearn Villa had both stable and coachman's house (listed separately in Lady Nairn Avenue) and was converted to a hotel between 1936 and 1945. There is a memorial to James Wishart, industrialist and philanthropist, in Pathhead Baptist Church (listed separately). Formerly listed as Strathearn Hotel, Dysart Road.

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