Thursday, November 24, 2011
Good Shepherd Cathedral, Ayr, Scotland
Listing information [Grade C(S)]
Built 1955-57 to the designs of John Torry, refurbished in 1985. It became a cathedral in 1961 following the destruction of Dumfries Cathedral by fire.
Near-rectangular-plan Roman Catholic church with modernist Scandinavian. Brick. Cill band course to entrance elevation. Predominantly square-headed window openings. NE (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: gabled entrance porch; round-arched entrance; 2-pairs of timber doors; fanlight; flanking single windows; single windows to re-entrant angles; stepped E window to gable (central opening round-arched); cross to gablehead. 2 round-arched windows to return of canted bay to outer left. Square-plan tower to outer right; rectangular plaque; band course to 3 corniced openings; vertical round-arched narrow stair window; 2 windows flanking; smaller louvred square-plan bell-tower atop.
The church is a good example of post-war architecture with its distinctive brick work and cream stone detailing, ennobled by its fine square-plan tower
The cathedral closed in 2007 and largely demolished in 2010. The facade and tower have been kept as the site is turned into housing.