Survey Data

Reg No

50110462


Rating

Regional


Categories of Special Interest

Architectural, Artistic, Historical, Social


Original Use

Church/chapel


In Use As

Church/chapel


Date

1840 - 1845


Coordinates

316050, 232753


Date Recorded

09/06/2017


Date Updated

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Description

Detached three-bay two-storey Presbyterian Church, built 1841, having blind facing entrance front with pro-style tetra-style portico over ground floor plinth and flanked by pedimented niches. Rebuilt c. 2000 with only entrance front retained. Lined-and-ruled rendered walls having render pilasters to corners and flanking portico supporting entablature. Channelled rendered wall to plinth and granite platband continuous with base of portico. Ionic capitals to columns supporting pediment. Round-headed niches with moulded architraves and pediments. Double-height square-headed door opening having render architrave and scrolled consoles supporting stepped cornice to first floor. Square-headed door openings to ground floor with double-leaf timber panelled doors. Round-headed window opening retaining stained glass from original building. Twin open-well flights of nosed granite steps to first floor entrance flanked by wrought-iron railings with decorative collars, set on carved granite plinth wall. Cast-iron boot-scrapes to platform. Granite paviors to front. Site enclosed by railings with spear-headed finials set on carved granite plinth wall and supported by curved back-stays, matching single-leaf gates. Set back from street.

Appraisal

This church, designed by Isaac Farrell, is an elegant example of classical church architecture with an imposing portico supposedly inspired by the Villa Foscari - La Malcontenta. The balanced arrangement of the fa├žade, accentuated by the central pedimented portico, gives a pleasing sense of symmetry to the composition. The original architectural features and finishes of the facade are retained despite the loss of the rest of the structure. The church has a prominent presence on the streetscape and provides a picturesque terminating vista to Earlsfort Terrace.