McKechnie Institute

McKechnie Institute, Girvan
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McKechnie Institute, Girvan

The McKechnie Institute is located at the intersection of Ailsa Street and Dalrymple Street in the town of Girvan in South Ayrshire. Endowed by local businessman Thomas McKechnie (d.1886), it was principally a library, with a Reading Room, but also featured a Ladies Room and a Billiards Room. It closed in 1975 when the library moved to new premises, but reopened in 1982 as a local museum and as the home to the Carrick Arts Centre. It also provides a venue for art classes and the meetings of various local groups. Built in 1888 using red sandstone in the Scots Renaissance style, it features a prominent octagonal corner tower. The architects were McKissack & Rowan of Glasgow.

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