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81-83 King Street, Kilmarnock

A Category C Listed Building in Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire

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Latitude: 55.6083 / 55°36'29"N

Longitude: -4.4973 / 4°29'50"W

OS Eastings: 242790

OS Northings: 637794

OS Grid: NS427377

Mapcode National: GBR 3G.MQQQ

Mapcode Global: WH3Q9.W9MG

Plus Code: 9C7QJG53+83

Entry Name: 81-83 King Street, Kilmarnock

Listing Name: 81 - 83 King Street (Odd Numbers) and 2 Water Lane

Listing Date: 1 August 2002

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 396218

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48747

Building Class: Cultural

ID on this website: 200396218

Location: Kilmarnock

County: East Ayrshire

Town: Kilmarnock

Electoral Ward: Kilmarnock West and Crosshouse

Traditional County: Ayrshire

Tagged with: Architectural structure

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1889. 2-storey, 3-bay Arts Club. Modern shop fronts to ground; band course at 1st floor; 4 Ionic pilasters along 2nd floor with two thirds of shafts fluted; recessed canted bay in centre; string course at 2nd floor; eaves course; projecting eaves; central triangular pediment.

E (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: central recessed canted bay: strip pilasters, lintel and broken pediment frame central single window; carvings of art and musical instruments above outer windows. Larger single windows in right and left bays; each with half pilasters and lintel frames.

S ELEVATION: adjoining building

W (REAR) ELEVATION: not seen, 2001.

Modern glazing to ground floor; modern astragal glazing to 1st floor. Slate roof.

INTERIOR: not seen 2001.

Statement of Interest

Built as the Kilmarnock Art Club. The second half of the 19th century saw a flourishing of arts societies in Kilmarnock including: the Philharmonic Society and the Athenaeum, both founded 1845 and the Kilmarnock Art Club, which was established in 1889. King Street was opened in 1804 as part of the urban improvements begun by the Earl of Glencairn in 1765. The buildings along King Street were predominantly businesses and clubs rather than residential properties. In the 1970s and 1980's, a substantial proportion of the street was demolished for new retail developments.

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