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Listed Building

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site only. All other information in the record is not statutory.


Status: Designated


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  • Category: B
  • Date Added: 29/02/1996


  • Local Authority: Argyll And Bute
  • Planning Authority: Argyll And Bute
  • Parish: Dunoon And Kilmun

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNS 16047 80570
  • Coordinates216047, 680570


Dated 1902. Single storey and attic, rectangular plan, Arts and Crafts, former reading room with caretaker?s flat above, now 2 flats. Wet dash painted white with some cream sandstone dressings. Slate roof with wide oversailing roof supported on timber ogee brackets at corners.

SW (SHORE ROAD) ELEVATION: segmental-headed doorway with 2-leaf panelled storm doors, half-glazed vestibule door with part curved and glazed side panels.

Large canted transom and mullion window to right, small pane glazing with top hoppers. 4 small windows to left of doorway. 3 large flat roofed dormers.

NW (SIDE) ELEVATION: gabled elevation with entrance to upper flat. Window at ground floor to left, 2 windows above.

NE (HOLY LOCH) ELEVATION: doorway to centre with panelled door, curved cornice with date below. Canted windows flanking, detailed as on SW elevation. 3 large flat roofed dormers.

SE (SIDE) ELEVATION: 2 windows at ground, single window at 1st floor. Original timber windows to ground flat, including transom and mullion canted windows and sash and case windows. Mostly small pane glazing pattern. Original glass. Upper flat

mostly modern replacement windows, original windows to NE dormers. Grey slate roof, stone skews, corniced chimneys with clay pots, ogee cast-iron gutters.

INTERIOR: upper flat seen October 1995. Some original features including stair, doors and landing storage units. Lower flat not seen.

Statement of Special Interest

Built by local residents as a Working Man?s Reading Room on land owned by Robt S Allan of Hafton House. Converted into a dwelling house in 1935. Split into 2 flats in 1961.



Frank Arneil Walker with Fiona Sinclair NORTH CLYDE ESTUARY AN ILLUSTRATED ARCHITECTURAL GUIDE (1992). Information courtesy of one

of the present owners (1995).

About Designations

Listed Buildings

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest and these are selected according to criteria published in the, Annex 2, pp74-76.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

Enquiries relating to works to listed buildings should be made to the local authority in the first instance. Listed building consent is required for works which a local authority considers will affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest and local authorities also decide if listed building consent is required.

Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The local authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. For information about curtilage see

Legislation introduced on 1 October 2015 allows us to state that: an object or structure fixed to the listed building; any object or structure within the curtilage of the listed building; and, any part or feature of the listed building that is not of architectural or historic interest may be excluded from a listing. If part of your building is not listed under the new legislation, the part will be excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

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