The other day I had the pleasure of popping into the Savoy Park Hotel to have lunch to celebrate my brothers 70th birthday. During the lunch George asked me if I knew anything about the history of the building and I had to admit I didn’t so time for a bit of digging in the archives. The original building was commissioned by Charles Henry Alston an iron founder from Glasgow and was designed by the Ayr architect James Archibald Morris. The house was originally called the “Red House” probably because it was the first villa in Racecourse Road to be built from red Machine Sandstone. Around the exterior of the building Morris’s fondness for large rain water heads is obvious. After only a few years the building was acquired by Charles Lindsay Orr Ewing, member of Parliament for the Ayr Burghs. In the early 1930’s the building was sold at auction for £50 to Niven Brown, Junior along with the then Provost, William Lanham. The current owners bought the hotel from William Lanham in 1960.
Above picture was taken in the early 1900s