CARNSALLOCH HOUSE (Ref:10300)
This building is in the Dumfries And Galloway Council and the
It is a category A building and was listed on 29/05/1959.
Group Items: N/A,
Group Cat: N/A,
Map Ref: NX 970 803.
Dated 1759 on north wing. Palladian mansion house; 2 storeys on raised basement with flanking wings. All red ashlar. House: 3-bay east elevation with early 19th century central pilastered porch (panelled and studded door in pedimented doorpiece), flanked by 12-pane sashes in architraves, latter corniced, with pulvinated frieze; 3 Burlington windows in round-arched panels at principal floor. Ionic-columned jambs on plinths; latter probably terminated blind balustrades; square, architraved windows above (6-pane sashes). Continuous bands at base and at ground floor level; mutule cornice; blocking course; 2 symmetrically placed stacks; piended slate roof. Single window at each level of flanks; linked by cornice); piended roofs, with graded slates. Low alterations and fire escapes to rear above, narrow lean-to service corridor linking wings. Piended, 2-storey wings each have single bay east front (12-pane sashes), and are linked to house by quadrant wall with corniced, architraved and panelled door between alcove niches; inner part of north wing is earlier. 18th century house, rendered, with advanced inner bays (gabled on north elevation) and 5-bay south front. Modern additions to north and to south of wings. Interior: some decorative ceiling plasterwork of late 18th/ early 19th century, especially in halls and ground floor rooms: plain top floor rooms. Modern lift shaft in stair well obscures most of former anthemion-patterned silhouette balusters. Some painted raised and fielded wooden panelling survives in earlier house.
Now a home run by the Leonard Cheshire Organisation.
Built for Alexander Johnstone of Carnsalloch. He is
described in the sasines as a chemist in London, so it may
be that a London architect was employed, and perhaps Isaac
Ware, whose 1756 publication included design of a "House built
for Alexander Johnstone, Esq, in Scotland" (a more expensive
scheme which was probably never done) (see H Colvin,
BIOGRAPHICAL DICTIONARY OF BRITISH ARCHITECTS,
1600-1840, 1978, (p866)
SRO RHP 4417 (1911 sale catalogue). Scottish Field, April 1957.
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