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Customs House, Quay Street, Stornoway, Lewis

A Category B Listed Building in Steòrnabhagh a Deas, Na h-Eileanan Siar

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Coordinates

Latitude: 58.2079 / 58°12'28"N

Longitude: -6.3916 / 6°23'29"W

OS Eastings: 142127

OS Northings: 932753

OS Grid: NB421327

Mapcode National: GBR B7L1.552

Mapcode Global: WGY2Y.SYLN

Plus Code: 9CCM6J55+59

Entry Name: Customs House, Quay Street, Stornoway, Lewis

Listing Name: Amity House

Listing Date: 23 May 1971

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 388003

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB41674

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Stornoway

County: Na h-Eileanan Siar

Town: Stornoway

Electoral Ward: Steòrnabhagh a Deas

Traditional County: Ross-shire

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Description

Probably 1820-40. Piend-roofed 2-storey 3-bay villa-type building, in use as a Customs House by the 19th century (now harbour office-1991) for which purpose it was perhaps first built. Painted ashlar margins and rusticated quoins, modern dry-dash synthetic slate roof. Front elevation (to west) is a little unusual, 1st floor windows substantially taller than those at ground with cills close to floor level (which may indicate an at least partial office use from the outset); centre doorway (panelled door with fanlight) behind porch which is supported on pair of elongated Doric columns, cast-iron balustrade over centre 1st floor window in rusticated surround (cf. 'Cromwell's'). Plate glass sashes, astragalled/margined near 1st floor lintels only. Pair piended attic dormers with 4-pane glazing, also sash and case; massive end stacks. Interior retains some original cornice plasterwork with Greek revival detailing.

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