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Latitude: 55.6008 / 55°36'2"N
Longitude: -4.4967 / 4°29'48"W
OS Eastings: 242794
OS Northings: 636955
OS Grid: NS427369
Mapcode National: GBR 3G.N4WD
Mapcode Global: WH3Q9.WHW7
Entry Name: 2 and 4 Low Glencairn Street, Former Co - Operative Building
Listing Date: 1 August 2002
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 396240
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48766
Building Class: Cultural
County: East Ayrshire
Electoral Ward: Kilmarnock West and Crosshouse
Traditional County: Ayrshire
Possibly Gabriel Andrew under William Railton, circa 1895; alterations Andrew & Newlands, 1905. 2-storey, L-plan Scots Baronial corner shop complex; ornate clock gable and bay window to angle. Coursed red sandstone Ballochmyle ashlar, red brick sides to clock gable, coursed red sandstone rubble to part of N elevation. Multi-gabled principal elevation. Base and sill course, eaves cornice. Drip sills to 1st floor.
W (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: essentially 2-storey, 5-bay: to ground floor left, paired shop windows with stone pilaster mullions flanking inwardly canted central door; shop window and door to right; to far right, door leading accommodation above and further shop window. To 1st floor, 1st & 4th bays: projecting rectangular window surround with half-height deeply chamfered arrises, crowstepped gable with inverted semi-circular peacock motif breaking eaves; to bays 2, 3 & 5: corbelled, 3-light canted bay window, eaves cornice supporting triangular gablehead, carved round honeycomb effect to tympanum with cushion and ball finial surmounting.
NW ANGLE: canted angle to ground floor, to 1st floor, heavy squared corbel supporting 5-sided tower bay window, triangular sculpted pediment surmounting central window partially concealing roof; heavy crowstepped gable adjoining to rear with central roundel containing clock.
N ELEVATION: essentially 2-storey, 4-bay to left of elevation: plain door surround to 2nd bay of ground floor, large window to left - originally bipartite, window to right of door, larger window to 4th bay. To 1st floor: narrow windows to central bays, bipartite windows flanking to outer bays, left bay now one double width window. Blind to right of elevation, crowstepped gable to 1st floor left with central plaque. Gable end to far left concealed by S party wall of Hunting Lodge.
E (REAR) ELEVATION: partially obscured by the Hunting Lodge pub to corner of Glencairn Square.
S ELEVATION: original blind gable end now concealed behind circa 1982 strengthening brick gable.
2-pane timber sash and case windows to 1st floor, horns to upper sashes; replacement PVCu 2-pane glazing to 2 right hand bays of W elevation. Single pane, plate glass to shop windows, now partially concealed behind signs and timber panels; original stone mullions still in existence. 2-pane sash and case windows to right of N elevation with single plate glass window to shop below. Replacement 3-pane glazing to left of N elevation, 2-panes to upper light with single pane below. Piended grey slate roof, 5-sided canted and piended roof to towered bay window. Metal ridging, flashing and valleys. 4 yellow brick stacks to roofline / gables with projecting ashlar neck copes and octagonal cans; metal access ladder to rear chimney; 2 further brick stacks partway down W elevation of roof with projecting neck copes and paired octagonal cans. Painted cast-iron rainwater goods: gutters concealed by eaves cornice, down pipes held by 1st floor sill course.
INTERIOR: ground floor now subdivided into modern shop units although retaining original room layout; 1st floor now residential accommodation.
Formerly shops and flats of the Kilmarnock Equitable Co-operative Society, now single retail units with accommodation above. The main Co-op shop was to the left of the west elevation, with 2 smaller shop to the right. Originally the north elevation was purely residential, the door being in the same position with a bipartite window to left; and to the right of the door, a window with a smaller one to right. The rest of the ground floor elevation was blind as it formed the side wall of the shop. The offices of Glenfield and Kennedy (James A Morris), formerly a major engineering firm in Kilmarnock, used to adjoin to the south gable of the property. It was demolished in 1982, along with part of the engineering works. A modern industrial estate with small uniform units has replaced the long 2-storey structure. Little remains of the east side of Low Glencairn Street, apart from the former Co-op buildings which are especially important as they help form the old shape of "Glencairn Square". The west corner of the square was lost during the formation of the Safeway store's car park.
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