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141-145 (Odd Nos) Main Street, Ymca Building

A Category C Listed Building in Wishaw, North Lanarkshire

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.7751 / 55°46'30"N

Longitude: -3.923 / 3°55'22"W

OS Eastings: 279474

OS Northings: 655200

OS Grid: NS794552

Mapcode National: GBR 111N.HM

Mapcode Global: WH4QY.Q33L

Entry Name: 141-145 (Odd Nos) Main Street, Ymca Building

Listing Date: 29 May 2003

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 396824

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB49232

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Motherwell and Wishaw

County: North Lanarkshire

Electoral Ward: Wishaw

Traditional County: Lanarkshire

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Description

John Steel, 1912-14 with later alterations. 2-storey long rectangular-plan purpose-built YMCA building with 2 shops to ground floor, pedimented entrance bay to right, eaves cornice and stone parapet. Brick construction, faced with chanelled red sandstone to principal elevation.

NE (MAIN STREET) ELEVATION: recessed doors, continuous cornice and fascia to 2 shops to left; 3 bays to 1st floor above, that to centre canted. Pedimented bay to right with panelled pilasters; shouldered, round-arched entrance with semicircular fanlight (modern steel shutters); french doors in decorative surround at 1st floor to stone-bracketed balcony with metal railings.

INTERIOR: lobby with 2-leaf glazed inner doors. 2 depressed-arched openings (that to right now blocked by later staircase) with leaded glass to fanlights leading to Board Room; decorative plasterwork, coffering and large shallow dome with decorative stained glass leaded lights. Exposed steel trusses to roof of gymnasium/auditorium to 1st floor.

Plate glass to shops; non-traditional repalcement glazing to 1st floor. Corniced red sandstone stack with circular cans to gable.

Statement of Interest

The foundation stone was laid on 23rd May 1914 by J Hamilton Houldsworth of Coltness, Hon. President of the Wishaw Young Men's Christian Association, and the Institute was opened on 23rd January 1915 by Sir Andrew Pettigrew. The building was designed to accommodate gymnasium/auditorium 'large social and games room, bowling tables and a good reading room to be used also as a lecture hall when required.' 'Men's and boys' lockers, private and shower baths and lavatories' were provided in the basement. The rent from leasing the 2 shops gave the YMCA an annual income. The building is listed firstly due to its local cultural significance as a purpose-built YMCA for which the finance was locally raised, still in its original use. As the 3rd statistical Account states, 'There is a decided lack of public buildings in Wishaw, and the Institute has provided accommodation for many other societies.' Secondly, despite later alterations including the horizontal subdivision of the double-height auditiorium, original good interior detailing remains, in particular the spectacular glazed dome of the Board Room.

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