Basic Site Details

Name: Ardgowan House
Town, district or village: Inverkip
City or county: Renfrewshire
Country: Scotland
Status: A Listed
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Building Type Classification

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


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 71797 Plans drawn upNot executed.
Item 2 of 717991801 Original house
Item 3 of 71831  Additions
Item 4 of 7May 1882November 1882 Scheme for alterations (not executed) - drawings dated
Item 5 of 7June 1904  Plans for alterations dated
Item 6 of 7February 1905  Date of drawings for tea garden stair and loggia
Item 7 of 7March 1912  Date of drawings for iron stair railing


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 9Claud CleghornArchitectD1797 Plans drawn up. Not executed.
Item 2 of 9Hugh CairncrossArchitect 17991801Original house
Item 3 of 9William BurnArchitectC18311832Additions
Item 4 of 9Charles ReidArchitectA1882 Scheme for alterations (not executed)
Item 5 of 9James Maitland WardropArchitectA1882 Scheme for alterations (not executed)
Item 6 of 9Wardrop & ReidArchitectural practiceA1882 Scheme for alterations (not executed)
Item 7 of 9(Sir) Robert Stodart LorimerArchitect 1904 Alterations
Item 8 of 9(Sir) Robert Stodart LorimerArchitectB1905 Tea garden stair and loggia
Item 9 of 9Ramsay TraquairArchitect 1912 Iron stair railing


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 2Shaw-Stewart, MichaelClient for William Burn work
Item 2 of 2Stewart, Sir Hugh Shaw 

Related Buildings, Structures and Designs

Child Structures

This structure or site has the following component or child structures (click on an item to view details):
 Building NameNotes
Item 1 of 1Ardgowan, St Michael's and All Angels Episcopal ChapelDerelict


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 5Colvin, Howard2008A Biographical Dictionary of British Architects 1600-1840 London: YUP. 4th edition 
Item 2 of 5Millar, A H1889Castles and Mansions of Renfrewshire   
Item 3 of 5Neale, J P1823Views of SeatsFirst seres, vi  
Item 4 of 5Savage, Peter1980Lorimer and the Edinburgh Craft Designers Edinburgh: Paul Harris Publishing, 1980 (also paperback ed, London & Edinburgh: Steve Savage, 2005)p174
Item 5 of 5Walker, Frank Arneil1986South Clyde Estuary: An Illustrated Architectural Guide to Inverclyde and Renfrew  p143

Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1RIBA Transactions1870  p125-8. List of works by Burn, compiled by T L Donaldson.

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 6Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register12480 
Item 2 of 6National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSLorimer and Matthew Collection LOR A/16 (RED 2/35-36 drawings for tea garden stair and loggia)
Item 3 of 6National Monuments Record of Scotland/NMRS, RCAHMSNMRS Photographic Archive RED 2/8-9, 14-22 Photograph of plans from Ardgowan (Ardgowan Folio); RED 2/37 drawing of railing by Ramsay Traquair
Item 4 of 6Strathclyde Regional ArchivesPlansT-ARD 1/6/181 
Item 5 of 6Yale Centre for British ArtArchive original drawings by Cairncross
Item 6 of 6Yale Centre for British ArtArchive Cleghorn drawings