Basic Site Details

Name: Kilmarnock Corn Exchange
Town, district or village: Kilmarnock
City or county: Ayrshire
Country: Scotland
Grid ref:
Notes: Cost of original building 6600.

N.B. Buildings of Scotland attributes the sculptural work on this to the architect Joseph Boyd but it is much more likely that it is by the Ayrshire sculptor of that name who died in 1899. Contractor adam Loudon

Elements of original Kilmarnock Academy survive at rear of the theatre

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Palace TheatreYes 

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Corn exchange  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 1Green StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 618621863  
Item 2 of 61886  Alterations and additions (8 bay addition to left of London Road facade)
Item 3 of 61927 Alteration/conversionAgricultural Hall remodelled to form Grand Hall
Item 4 of 61947  Extensive alterations
Item 5 of 61949 AdditionAlterations and additions costing 9,000.
Item 6 of 619791982Alterations and additionsInteriors reonstructed after fire


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 7Robert Johnstone or JohnstonArchitect, MasonC1807 Elements of original academy survive at rear.
Item 2 of 7James IngramArchitect 18621863 
Item 3 of 7Robert Samson IngramArchitect 1886 Alterations and additions (8 bay addition to left of London Road facade)
Item 4 of 7James MillerArchitectG1927 Agricultural Hall remodelled to form Grand Hall
Item 5 of 7Gabriel SteelArchitectB1947 Extensive alterations
Item 6 of 7Neil S SutherlandArchitect, Town Planner 1949 Alterations and additions.
Item 7 of 7Kilmarnock & Loudoun District Council Architects DepartmentArchitectural Department (New Towns etc)F19791982Interiors reconstructed


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 2Close, Rob and Riches, Anne2012The Buildings of Scotland: Ayrshire & Arran New Haven and London: Yale University Pressp431
Item 2 of 2Close, Robert1992Ayrshire and Arran, an Illustrated Architectural Guide Edinburgh: RIASp111

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 4Builder3 October 1863XXI  
Item 2 of 4Builder1 July 1949  p26
Item 3 of 4Building News25 September 1863   
Item 4 of 4Kilmarnock Standard2 August 1879  Obituary of James Ingram

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 2Dean Castle (Kilmarnock & Louden District Council,Kilmarnock Dean of Guild Records 400-500/421
Item 2 of 2Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register35903