2060 POLLOKSHAWS ROAD, POLLOK HOUSE INCLUDING SERVICE COURT, FORECOURT, GARDEN WALLING AND PAVILIONS (Ref:33455)
This building is in the Glasgow, City Of Council and the
It is a category A building and was listed on 06/07/1966.
Group Items: N/A,
Group Cat: N/A,
Map Ref: NS 548 618.
Insufficiently documented, but architect likely to have been somcone based in the west, such as Allan Dreghorn. Dated 1752. Large piend-roofed box-type house with additions by Sir R Rowand Anderson from 1890 onwards for Sir John Stirling Maxwell, these essentially comprising the wings and entrance hall (1890), reconstructed forecourt to NE, garden pavilions to SW (1903), offices to NW. Pollok House, together with the contents and grounds, was presented to the people of Glasgow by Mrs Anne Maxwell MaDonald in 1966 and is now a museum, the grounds a public park. ORIGINAL HOUSE: 3 storeys over half-raised basement - fully raised to garden front - plain elevations, rusticated quoins, keystoned lintels at ground and 1st floors; off-set over base course and - unusually - over band course at 1st floor; advanced, pedimented centrepiece to forecourt (NE), single wall-plane to garden (excluding off-sets), wide centre bay with entrance in Venetian window arrangement, sculptured swags either side of each upper floor window (3 further plain bays each side). Deep main cornice; bell-cast slated roof with stacks at leaded platform, and over flank wall-heads. Internal layout departs from the norm, centre entrance hall full depth of house and well-lit to garden, columned screen; also cross-ways full length corridor; open main stair on right hand on entering (concealed service stair occupies corresponding position on basically symmetrical plan); dining and drawing rooms of equal size, separated by hall, both facing garden and containing some of the high quality original decorative plasterwork in the house. ADDITIONS: (Anderson's work respected the original house so far as could be): sympathetic restrained Gibbsian/ William Adam style; FLANKING WINGS (library to SE, billard room to NW) are single storey with Venetian windows to the garden like the garden doorway; ENTRANCE HALL is D-ended on plan and re-uses original doorcase, double flighted stair within; KITCHEN at NW has roof- dome, large cast-iron range; OFFICES extending NE have pedimented round-arched pend, with sculptured ornament, facing court and driveway. FORECOURT is enclosed by tall walls, channelled piers at intervals and at gateway, all with urns; decorative cast-iron gates. Terraced GARDEN to SW with ogee-roofed pavilions, balustrades, steps.
POLLOK HOUSE (Guide book); Sir John Stirling Maxwell,
SHRINES AND HOMES OF SCOTLAND (Sir John - mentioned
above - attributed the house to William Adam [d. 1748],
but that ascription now seems doubtful).
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