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Greenock Road Brooksby Convalescent Home and Gatepiers

A Category A Listed Building in Largs, North Ayrshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.7979 / 55°47'52"N

Longitude: -4.8678 / 4°52'4"W

OS Eastings: 220328

OS Northings: 659792

OS Grid: NS203597

Mapcode National: GBR 30.7QG3

Mapcode Global: WH2N1.6J7L

Entry Name: Greenock Road Brooksby Convalescent Home and Gatepiers

Listing Date: 14 April 1971

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 382185

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB37165

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Largs

County: North Ayrshire

Town: Largs

Electoral Ward: North Coast and Cumbraes

Traditional County: Ayrshire

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Description

Probably David and James Hamilton architects. Built circa
1840.
Classical house with symmetrical west elevation. Polished
ashlar with channelled and battered basement, windows with
architraves or margins, band course above basement and
ground floors, angle margins modillion cornice and blocking
course to all elevations. South entrance elevation: 2
storeys over basement. 3 bays, left bay deeply recessed
with modern, harled, square lift shaft in re-entrant angle
blocking original bipartite on west face. Central door,
approached by steps with modern hand rail; raised round
-headed fanlight. Projecting portico, entablature supported
on 2 square piers with angles chamfered near base and
capital; modillion cornice, and single 1st floor window
above. Basement windows advanced in outer bays. Ground
floor windows with pierced blind balustrade and cornice.
1st floor windows with blind balconies and shallow pediments
over cornice raised on pilaster strips. West elevation:
similarly detailed windows in outer bays, 3 central, taller
advanced bays, basement projects to give ground floor
terrace with parapet (originally supporting a verandah).
3 tall round-headed 8-pane sash windows to ground floor.
Corniced windows above. North elevation: single window and
tripartite in each floor; east elevation has low flat
-roofed central extension and a variety of window openings.
Grouped square stacks linked by cornices. Piended slate roof.
Interior: entrance hall with central Roman Doric screen
opening to stair well: corniced doors, and stair with
richly patterned, later 19th century cast-iron balustrade.
Ground floor rooms refitted in the latter 19th century;
coffered ceilings with egg and dart, bead and reel and
leaf and vine mouldings. Room to south west decorated with
grotesques and crests with names of literary figures.
Set behind low, polished ashlar boundary wall with squat
gatepiers.
Rectangular walled garden enclosure to east.

Statement of Interest

Largs and Millport Weekly N<> 3, 7. 1897 describes house

being "built about 60 years ago" (ie circa 1837) "as a

yachting residence for Mr Matthew Perst a prominent Glasgow

merch ...", but it does not appe in the 1836-7 local directo

Opened as a nursing home 26.6,1897.

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