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Latitude: 56.0664 / 56°3'59"N
Longitude: -3.4574 / 3°27'26"W
OS Eastings: 309357
OS Northings: 686908
OS Grid: NT093869
Mapcode National: GBR 1Y.PWRC
Mapcode Global: WH5QR.VSS9
Entry Name: 7 Nethertown Broad Street, Former Nethertown Institute (Dell Farquharson Community Leisure Centre)
Listing Date: 10 March 2000
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 394312
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB46923
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Dunfermline Central
Traditional County: Fife
James Lindsay for Carnegie Dunfermline Trust, 1913-18. Single storey/single storey with attic and 2-storey; asymmetrical; recreational institute built into sloping ground. Free Renaissance design with pilastered mullioned and transomed windows and breaking-eaves dormer-heads with shouldered pediment-like gables. Coursed stugged sandstone with droved ashlar dressings. Base course and ground floor cill band to principal (N) wraparound elevation; band course above ground floor windows to E elevation; eaves cornice throughout. Chamfered reveals to openings.
PRINCIPAL (N) ELEVATION: 7-bay. 3-bay single storey section to left; entrance with moulded segmental-headed architrave and stepped corniced parapet set forward slightly to right; flanking pilasters support broken-bed segmental pediment with consoles carved with lions' heads and fruit; steps up to 2-leaf panelled part-glazed timber door with fanlight set back within short lobby. Pair of 9-light mullioned and transomed breaking-eaves windows to left; each slightly projecting within ashlar surround and with shouldered pediment-like gable and flanking pilasters. Narrow flanking outer windows with corniced panels at head. Stepped corniced parapet continues to left of entrance and as frieze across ground floor windows to 3-bay single storey and attic section to right; mullioned and transomed sexpartite slightly projecting within ashlar surround and with flanking pilasters to each bay. Mullioned bipartite breaking-eaves dormer to each bay above; that to centre has curved segmental head; those flanking are piended. Single bay set back to outer right; entrance with deep corniced lintel; small window to right.
S ELEVATION: 6-bay. 5-bay section to left set forward slightly with slightly projecting 2nd and 3rd bays; mullioned bipartite to ground floor to each bay; mullioned and transomed sexpartite above to central and flanking outer bays; tall 12-light mullioned and transomed breaking-eaves windows in between; each recessed slightly within flanking pilasters and with shouldered pediment-like gable. Gambrel-roofed section set back to outer right; triple window arrangement to ground floor; linked by vertical panel to window centred above.
E ELEVATION: irregular fenestration to 2-storey 6-bay section set forward to left; mullioned bipartites to 1st floor to 3 bays to right (that to outer right breaking-eaves); narrow windows and mullioned bipartites to ground floor, apart from mullioned and transomed quadriparite to outer right. Mullioned breaking-eaves tripartite to right return. Shouldered gable end set back to right; 9-light mullioned and transomed window with raised panel at head surmounted by open-bed segmental pediment.
W ELEVATION: 2-bay section to left; entrance with moulded architrave with broken dentilled cornice surmounted by parapet-like panel; mullioned tripartite above to left. Lower height section adjoins to right; pair of mullioned bipartites to left; flat-headed breaking-eaves mullioned tripartite to right; angled bay to outer right with mullioned bipartite and small window below. Mullioned quadripartite to right return. Shouldered gable end set back to right; 9-light mullioned and transomed window with raised panel at head surmounted by open-bed segmental pediment.
UPVC replacement windows throughout. Graded grey slate roofs (some piended) with red ridge tiles. Corniced ashlar stacks with band courses to either side of 3-bay single storey and attic section to N side; narrow wallhead stack to E and one at junction of 2 sections to S; cans largely missing; modern brick flue to E of centre of building. Original cast-iron rainwater goods with decorative hoppers.
INTERIOR: retains original main staircase with cast-iron balustrade incorporating Art Nouveau motifs. Segmental-arched trusses to ceiling of main hall, which is partially open to roof.
An intact early 20th century public building of free Renaissance design (incorporating some Baroque elements). One of a number of recreational institutes built locally by the Carnegie Dunfermline Trust to bring some 'sweetness and light' into the lives of the local people (McEwan). The bowling green to the S was originally laid out for the Institute. It was designed to accommodate a wash house, ladies' and gents' baths, a billiard room, a smoke room, a recreation and reading room, a children's room and a lounge.
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