Baxter House, Lowther Terrace

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Baxter House, Lowther Terrace

Postby dazza » Sun Dec 14, 2014 10:53 pm

Baxter House started as a single handsome Jacobean Rennaisance house built by the prolific architect James Miller for Sir John Traill Cargill who had made his fortune from his father's business The Burmha Oil Company.

As Great Western Road gradually became less rural, two adjoining properties were added. The first was built by Arthur George SydneyMitchell in 1904-06, while James Miller returned and built no. 8 - albeit with a far more modest interior. Miller also made further additions to no. 10 at this time, and again in 1909.

The owner of no. 9 was George A. Mitchell of Robert Addle & Sons Collieries Ltd., the Plean Colliery Ltd., and the Flemington Coal Co., Ltd.. The last house on the row, no. 8, was occupied by chartered accountant, John Wilson.

In 1946 the entire row was purchased by the Church of Scotland for conversion to a care home. After what was described as "a battle with Ministry of Works", the home finally opened in June 1949.
It was the first Eventide care home in Scotland, but it went into receivership in 2007 and has lain empty since.

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Some before and after GIF's

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Fortunately it appears that security are onsite again, and work has started to redevelop the property.
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Re: Baxter House, Lowther Terrace

Postby gap74 » Mon Dec 15, 2014 4:20 am

Stunning. A few scruffy bits but glad to see it hasn't fallen to fire or metal thieves.
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Re: Baxter House, Lowther Terrace

Postby Targer » Mon Dec 15, 2014 2:03 pm

Will it be restored to its previous condition?
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Re: Baxter House, Lowther Terrace

Postby Lawman » Mon Dec 15, 2014 3:02 pm

Lovely pictures Dazza! I really like the one of the carved squirrel, just goes to show you the detail they went to in the first place...such a grand building.
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Re: Baxter House, Lowther Terrace

Postby dazza » Mon Dec 15, 2014 3:38 pm

gap74 wrote:Stunning. A few scruffy bits but glad to see it hasn't fallen to fire or metal thieves.


Sadly it appears there was a bit of lead theft from the roof, but the damage could have been a lot worse. There's some water damage inside, but no sign of metals being ripped out, etc.

Targer wrote:Will it be restored to its previous condition?


I am not sure what the plans are.

Lawman wrote:Lovely pictures Dazza! I really like the one of the carved squirrel, just goes to show you the detail they went to in the first place...such a grand building.


Thanks! Here's the full set of carved creatures:

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And stained glass by none other than Oscar Paterson:

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Re: Baxter House, Lowther Terrace

Postby DavidMcD316 » Mon Dec 15, 2014 3:53 pm

Fantastic.
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Re: Baxter House, Lowther Terrace

Postby banjo » Mon Dec 15, 2014 4:27 pm

fan bloody tastic set there dazza.i bags the windows.
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Re: Baxter House, Lowther Terrace

Postby Tobym » Mon Dec 15, 2014 5:36 pm

Great pics. They knew how to build back then.
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Re: Baxter House, Lowther Terrace

Postby dazza » Tue Dec 16, 2014 8:49 am

Thanks guys.
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Re: Baxter House, Lowther Terrace

Postby Lawman » Tue Dec 16, 2014 11:22 am

Brilliant! That stained glass is fantastic, thanks for sharing.
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Re: Baxter House, Lowther Terrace

Postby Botanic Squirrel » Sat Dec 20, 2014 11:20 am

:(

I hate to see a good building like this being wasted when the city centre is being filled up with wretched glass boxes.

But thanks for the great pics!
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Re: Baxter House, Lowther Terrace

Postby old jock » Sat Dec 20, 2014 7:20 pm

Thanks for posting that up its a fantastic find and set of photos, the properties have always fascinated me and I've walked around there many a time wondering about them. Just the outside Jacobean architecture is stunning, the three properties really stand out. They are A listed and how the council gets away with letting them get into this state of disrepair without action on the owner leaves me stupefied, it's an utter disgrace

Googled and found this from 2010 if the advert is correct

http://www.dmhall.co.uk/i/propbroc/62_GCA1590-Baxter%20House%20A4%204pp.pdf

Also on the Buildings at Risk Register

http://www.buildingsatrisk.org.uk/details/915868

Another mystery solved

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Re: Baxter House, Lowther Terrace

Postby dazza » Sat Dec 20, 2014 11:16 pm

old jock wrote:Thanks for posting that up its a fantastic find and set of photos, the properties have always fascinated me and I've walked around there many a time wondering about them.

Another mystery solved

John


I'm glad you enjoyed it. I personally have never been the sort of person who could just be satisfied to 'wander about outside' if there was a cheeky wee open window :wink: .
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