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Athenaeum, The

The Athenaeum (left), Stirling
©2016 Gazetteer for Scotland

The Athenaeum (left), Stirling

Located prominently between King Street and Spittal Street in the Old Town of Stirling, the Athenaeum was built in 1816 on the site of a former meat market as a merchant's library and meeting house to designs of William Stirling (1772 - 1838). The curved facade sweeps behind a centrally-placed tall square tower, which comprises five storeys, a belfry and spire. An entrance porch was added at the base of this tower in 1859, surmounted by a statue of William Wallace (1274 - 1305). The building has served as municipal offices since 1875. This fine ashlar building was A-listed in 1965.


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