NS3975 : The former Suter's building

taken 7 years ago, near to Dumbarton, West Dunbartonshire, Great Britain

The former Suter's building
The former Suter's building
The tall building (the shop at its base is at 63-65 High Street) is located on the south side of NS3975 : Dumbarton High Street.; see that link for further context. It stands out from the surrounding buildings, both in height and in appearance, but it is not commented upon in guides to the architecture of the area, nor in listed building reports.

However, there is a photograph of it in Donald MacLeod's "Dumbarton: Its Recent Men and Events ..." (1898). It was then a very recent construction, its predecessor having been demolished only three or four years earlier. The photograph is captioned "Mr R.L.K.Suter's new building", with J.M.Crawford listed as the architect (he was responsible for several other buildings in Dumbarton, and for NS4076 : The Denny family mausoleum). In the old photograph, the shop has "The National Boot Depot" above its front, but the building has otherwise changed little, unlike its neighbours on either side.

When the previous building at this site was being demolished, c.1895, the name William Risk was found on its front, having previously been hidden by woodwork. For more on William Risk, who became Provost of Dumbarton, see NS4076 : The Risk Family Memorial; compare NS3975 : Risk Street, Dumbarton.

Incidentally, the books already cited do not anywhere give the full name of Mr R.L.K.Suter, mentioned above, but he was Robert Louis Kossuth Suter (died 1st June 1903, in his 48th year). I can only speculate that his middle names (which stand out as unusual when compared to names of other members of his family) were given in commemoration of Louis Kossuth (Lajos Kossuth), a prominent Hungarian former statesman, who was resident in the UK when Mr Suter was born, and who is known to have toured and lectured extensively in Scotland at about that very time.
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Date Taken
Sunday, 1 January, 2012   (more nearby)
Friday, 20 January, 2012
Geographical Context
Housing, Dwellings  City, Town centre 
Architect (from Tags)
J M Crawford 
Period (from Tags)
19th Century 
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3956 7520 [10m precision]
WGS84: 55:56.5790N 4:34.2313W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! NS 3954 7523
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South-southeast (about 157 degrees)
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