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Latitude: 55.7759 / 55°46'33"N
Longitude: -3.9249 / 3°55'29"W
OS Eastings: 279355
OS Northings: 655300
OS Grid: NS793553
Mapcode National: GBR 111N.2B
Mapcode Global: WH4QY.P25X
Entry Name: Wishaw, 231 - 257 (Odd Nos) Main Street
Listing Date: 30 March 2001
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 395359
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB47954
Building Class: Cultural
Location: Motherwell and Wishaw
County: North Lanarkshire
Electoral Ward: Wishaw
Traditional County: Lanarkshire
James Cowie, 1894. 3-storey, 6-bay, slightly asymmetrical, rectangular-plan, retro-Mannerist, tenements with shops at ground. Squared and snecked, droved red sandstone with ashlar margins. Cill course between ground and 1st floor, eaves course and cornice.
NE (MAIN STREET) ELEVATION: modern shop fronts at ground with square headed pend to 1st bay. Venetian window with hoodmould broken by projecting keystone to1st floor outer left bay; square-headed window breaking eaves to 2nd floor with medallion pediment with 'DN' cipher. Slightly canted window to 1st floor of 2nd bay to left; segmental headed, 3-light window above; all inscribed by blocked cavetto moulded arch and flanking quoins. Corniced attic storey. 2 bays repeated in bays 3 to 6. Except medallion ciphers:'1874' in bay 3, 'DN' in bay 5.
SW (REAR) ELEVATION: irregular fenestration. 2 large advanced, brick stair towers with lean-to roofs.
NW (SIDE) ELEVATION: obscured by abutting building.
SE (SIDE) ELEVATION: obscured by abutting building.
Predominantly plate glass timber sash and case windows with modern double glazing to bays 1 and 2. Finialed piended roofs to attic storey bays. Grey slates, lead flashing. Cast-iron rainwater goods.
INTERIOR: not seen 2000.
James Cowie was a Wishaw architect who designed several of the large red sandstone tenements on Main St and many small villas in the surrounding area, none of the latter being of particular note. 231-257 Main St though, like the many other tenements in Wishaw, was built as a speculative concern and is his most complete and impressive large building. It compares most closely with his smaller building for the Wishaw Co-op Society of 1898 which stands opposite on Main St. Both of which are in the monumental Glasgow style of classicism. Cowie's own house 43 Clelland Rd (See separate listing) is by far his best work in Wishaw.
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