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Rosemary Grace
Economic Development Officer
Inverclyde Council
75-81 Cathcart Street
PA15 1DE
Tel: 01475 715555

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Inverclyde:  12 September 2015 – 13 September 2015

Your chance to have a look inside more than 40 of Inverclyde’s most interesting and fascinating buildings, both old and new, this September during Inverclyde's Doors Open Days.

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Greenock - Municipal Buildings
12.09.15 (10 am to 2 pm )
Clyde Square, Greenock,  PA15 1LX
Greenock - Municipal Buildings - Image 1In the 1870's, H & D Barclay won an architectural competition to design the Municipal Buildings with its ornate sculptures and landmark Victoria Tower. The intricate plasterwork on the Grand Corridor ceiling, the restored Council Chambers and the District Court are all well worth seeing. Category 'A' listed building.
Architect: H & D Barclay
Building Date: 1879-84

Opportunity to view this Category 'A' listed building.

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Greenock - Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club
12.09.15 (2.30 pm to 5.30 pm) - 13.09.15 (2.30 pm to 5.30 pm )
Esplanade, Greenock,  PA16 7SE
Greenock - Royal West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club - Image 1

The Club was founded in 1866 by the owners of houses on the Esplanade.  The formed the West of Scotland Amateur Boat Club and constructed the clubhouse. In 1885 the Club was granted the Royal Charter after providing a boat that was used to row Queen Victoria.


The Clubhouse is on two levels.  On the upper level we have the bar, a large hall, a full sized snooker table and a members’ lounge.  There is also a balcony with scenic views over the Clyde.  The lower level has a boat repair workshop, canoe and rowing boat storage. 


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Greenock - Sir Gabriel Wood's Mariners Home
12.09.15 (10 am to 12 noon & 2 pm to 4 pm )
67 Newark Street, Greenock,  PA16 7TQ
Greenock - Sir Gabriel Wood's Mariners Home - Image 1

The Mariners Home was built by Mr W King, Contractor & Builder, Houston in 1850 and opened in 1954. The front of the building ranging from 1500-1540 in a Tudor period of Gothic architecture.

Currently a Care Home for the elderly and specialist unit for Korsakoff mainly for retired seafarers but currently open to all.

Architect: MacIntosh
Building Date: 1851
Opportunity to view this magnificent Collegiate style listed building.
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Greenock - St Mary's Catholic Church
12.09.15 (11 am to 4 pm) - 13.09.15 (1 pm to 4 pm )
14 Patrick Street, Greenock,  PA16 8NA
Greenock - St Mary's Catholic Church - Image 1St Mary’s has great historical importance as the “Mother Parish” of the Catholic Church in Inverclyde and beyond.  The B listed building, refurbished in 2002, has stained glass windows striking for the richness of their colour.  At the rear of the church a plaque commemorates deceased parish priests.
Architect: George Goldie, refurbished Quigley Associates
Building Date: 1862, refurbished 2003
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Greenock - The Tobacco Warehouse
12.09.15 (11 am to 3 pm ) - 13.09.15 (11 am to 3 pm )
5-7 Clarence Street, Greenock,  PA15 1LP
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The Tobacco Warehouse was built in the late 19th century.  This historic five-storey building, which is located on the corner of Clarence, Hood and Haig Streets, dates back to 1896.  It is a large 5-storey building built of red brick with contrasting yellow brick dressings.  The B-Listed bonded store, although known as a tobacco warehouse, was also used for the storage of whisky and was built by Greenock whisky distillers and blenders R Thorne & Sons Ltd.  The building was also used as accommodation for American soldiers during World War Two. 

There will also be a contemporary arts exhibition in the RIG Arts studio on the ground floor of the building.  This has disabled access and toilet facilities.  There is no disabled access to the upper floors of the Warehouse.
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Greenock - Waterfront Cinema
13.09.15 (12.30 pm to 7.30 pm )
10 Custom House Way, Greenock,  PA15 1EG
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Purpose built Mini-plex independent cinema, with state of art digital projection and 3D capabilities.  Screening commercial, cultural and alternative content.   
Extensive tour of projection area and talk on history of cinema. Tours only.

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Greenock - Wellpark Mid Kirk
12.09.15 (10 am to 4 pm ) - 13.09.15 (1 pm to 4 pm )
Cathcart Square, Greenock,  PA15 1LS
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Known affectionately as ‘The Toon Kirk’, Wellpark Mid Kirk is home to a lively congregation which cherishes its building, a handsome classical church with an ionic portico and steeple modelled on St. Martin-in-the Fields.  The design for the façade was supplied by Lord Cathcart (apparently obtained in Bristol), the designer of the body of the church was James Ewing.

This Grade A-listed building had a complete restoration in 1999 with assistance from Historic Scotland.  The pipe organ was built in 1867, enlarged in 1912 and restored with the help of the Heritage Lottery Fund in 2008. There are several war memorials which are of interest to local people and stained glass windows. 

Building Date: 1759-1787
Organ music will be played throughout the day. Refreshments available. 
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Greenock - West United Reformed Church
12.09.15 (10.30 am to 4.30 pm)
George Square, Greenock,  PA15 1QP
Greenock - West United Reformed Church - Image 1Sited on the corner of Union Street and George Square, this B listed building was formerly called George Square United Reformed Church. Designed by John Blair, rectangular in plan with Tudor Gothic detailing. This suggested that the architect used a sketch design produced by a member of congregation for the South front. The stained glass vaulted ceiling and pipe organ are of particular interest. 
Architect: John Blair
Building Date: 1839-40
Organ music at intervals throughout the day.
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Greenock - Westburn Parish Church
12.09.15 (10 am to 3 pm )
9 Nelson Street, Greenock,  PA15 1TP
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The Church building is of special interest as it is has Grade A listing. The present building has been used for public worship since 1841. In 1855, the steeple was added to the Church structure. In 1912, Honeyman, Keppie & Rose built a chancel in the form of a semicircular apse, with rich oak furnishings including a pulpit and organ case.  At this time, an organ built by Binns of Leeds was installed.  The chancel area has three stained glass panels which were designed by Douglas Strachan.  The colours are wonderfully vibrant especially the reds, blues and purples. 
Over the years, union and re-adjustment has been ongoing. As a result of this, the church building has changed its name several times – ‘The West Kirk’, The Old Kirk’, ‘St. Luke’s’ and now the Westburn Church. Over the past few years, extensive refurbishment has been carried out with an Audio Visual system having recently been installed.  

Building Date: 1841
An exhibition, organ recitals and tea/coffee will be available.
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Greenock - Whinhill Court
New This Year
12.09.15 (11 am to 4 pm) - 13.09.15 (11 am to 4 pm )
106 Whinhill Court , Broomhill, GREENOCK,  PA15 4JE
Greenock - Whinhill Court - Image 1The Broomhill area of Greenock is changing as a £26m regeneration programme to upgrade almost 700 homes begins. High-rise living has always been a popular choice in Inverclyde and Whinhill Court houses 89 homes.  This top floor flat has stunning views across the River Clyde.  Come and see for yourself! 
As well as offering a rare chance to see Inverclyde from a different perspective, we are hosting an art exhibition and there is the opportunity to see the exciting plans for the new Broomhill.
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