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Latitude: 55.6085 / 55°36'30"N
Longitude: -4.5066 / 4°30'23"W
OS Eastings: 242204
OS Northings: 637844
OS Grid: NS422378
Mapcode National: GBR 3G.MNMB
Mapcode Global: WH3Q9.R968
Plus Code: 9C7QJF5V+C9
Entry Name: 55 Portland Road, Kilmarnock
Listing Name: 51 - 63 (Odd Numbers) Portland Road, Formerly Portland Terrace
Listing Date: 1 August 2002
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 396245
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB48768
Building Class: Cultural
County: East Ayrshire
Electoral Ward: Kilmarnock West and Crosshouse
Traditional County: Ayrshire
Circa 1885. Pavilion ended terrace of seven 2-storey, 2-bay classical L-plan houses with advanced bay windows. Coursed sandstone ashlar, polished dressings. Base, band and eaves course. Drip sills and architraved window margins. Bracketed and corniced eaves.
S (PRINCIPAL) ELEVATION: No. 51: to ground floor left, engaged column door surround supporting rectangular corniced pediment, 2-leaf timber door with narrow rectangular fanlight, window above to 1st floor. To right, slightly advance pavilion bay with rusticated quoins to outer angles, 3-sided canted bay window at both storeys; 3-side dormer window to roof; No. 63, as No.51 but elevation reversed with window where door is. Nos. 53, 57 & 61: to ground floor right, engaged column door surround supporting rectangular corniced pediment, 2-left timber door with narrow rectangular fanlight, window above to 1st floor. To left, 3-sided canted bay window at both storeys; Nos. 55 & 59, above plan reversed.
W ELEVATION: No. 63 entrance: original 2 part elevation to right, later lower 2-storey, 2-bay extension to centre, further lean-to to left. 2 pat elevation to right: to ground floor left, pilasters supporting rectangular corniced pediment, further window to left; to 1st floor centrally placed window; slightly advance bay to right with projecting rusticated quoins, centrally placed tripartite window to both storeys. To central extension: door with rectangular fan light surmounting to ground floor right, window to left; 2 regularly placed windows to 1st floor. To left, 1 ?-storey lean-to extension with window to each storey.
N (REAR) ELEVATION: varying 2-storey, multi-bayed extensions within rear yards and gardens.
E ELEVATION: not seen, 2001.
Original 2-pane timber sash and case windows to Nos. 51, 57, 59 & 61; replacement 2-pane PVCu glazing to Nos. 53, 55 & 63. Stained glass 2-pane timber sash and case window to left of No.63's W elevation. 3-sided canted timber dormer windows with triangular pediments to pavilion roofs. Piended grey slate roofs; piended 3-sided canted roof to bay windows, ornate wrought-iron finial surviving to No.55. Square, piended and platformed roofs with splayed eaves and bands of fish scale detailing to pavilion ends. Metal ridging, flashing and valleys to all. Cast-iron Carron light to main elevation of No. 51. Painted cast-iron rainwater goods, gutters concealed within bracketed eaves cornice, down pipes with decorative hoppers. 3 roofline, stepped yellow brick stacks with ashlar neck copes, cans missing to left stack, 8 original octagonal cans to central stack, replacement cans to right stack.
INTERIOR: many with original plaster cornicing, timber skirting boards, timber architraved door surrounds and 4-panelled doors; timber newel posts to staircases. 2-leaf timber panelled outer doors leading to semi-glazed internal hall doors.
Named after the Duke of Portland, this road contained part of the route for the original tramline between Kilmarnock and Troon. The terminus was in the road's east end where it joins the present St Marnock Street and the line passed where Nos. 6 & 8 Portland Road now stand. Originally, St Marnock Street stretched from King Street to the railway bridge at Irvine Road until part of it was renamed Portland Road. Until mid 19th century, there were few houses, the route being primarily rural and leading to large country villas and farms. This terrace of houses is sited opposite the entrance to Springhill House and across the road from the Bowling Club.
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