Listed Building

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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NS 59088 65013
259088, 665013


G de Courcy Fraser and Clarke, Bell and J H Craigie,

1932-1949 construction of Lewis's Royal Polytechnic Ltd

warehouse for retail shopping (department store), in an

extensive, 1930s classical design, on site of former

premises; later additions at rear, and link with

St Enoch's shopping centre, Michael Haskoll Associates,

1988, accompanied by substantial reconstruction of

interior. 6-storey, attic, basement and sub-basement.

Ashlar Portland stone, brick rear with ashlar band and

attic, with steel sheet piling; polished granite aprons to

shop windows. Ashlar channelled at ground, at 1st floor

and in pilasters to 3rd floor. Plate glass display windows

at ground with bordered, blinded fascia lights; windows

to 1st floor and above glazed and bordered, small-pane

pattern in steel pivot casements.

N (ARGYLE STREET) ELEVATION: main facade symmetrical,

bays grouped 3-18-3, with entrances in splayed corner

bays; 15 shop windows at ground; wide doorway recesses

flanked by fluted Doric columns; single windows at 1st

floor; tripartite windows to corner bays and outer bays of

groups of 3 bays at 2nd floor. Pilasters dividing outer

bays to entablature level. 3rd floor detailed as 2nd, with

keystones and quasi-guttaed frieze above windows. 4th

and 5th floors with 2-storey arcade to centre 18 bays,

with windows to each bay at each floor, smaller at 5th;

geometric wrought-iron balcony rails. 3 bay groups with

single windows at centre to 4th floor and bipartites to

5th, flanked at both floors with tripartite windows;

Thomsonesque pediments above centre lights of 4th floor

windows, and smaller 5th floor windows. 4th and 5th

floors of corner bays with recessed window panel,

tripartites at both floor and balcony to centre light at 4th

floor. Fluted necks to pilasters; moulded cornice above

full entablature. Attic floor with architraved single

windows and tripartite to outer bays of groups of 3,

bearing minimalist pediments and guilloche carved frieze;

corner bays with single windows. Flat roof.

W (MAXWELL STREET) ELEVATION: 6-bay. Detailed as main

facade with lesser doorway in outer right bay; 4-bay

arcade to 4th and 5th floors and outer bays detailed as


E (DUNLOP STREET) ELEVATION: 8-bay. Detailed as main

facade with lesser doorway in outer left bay; 6-bay

arcade to 4th and 5th floors at centre; outer bays

detailed as above.


asymmetrical. Ashlar cill course to 4th floor.

Rectangular projections, that to right of centre 3 bays

deep. Modern additions at ground to left and further

extensions, 1988. Ashlar attic raised above height of

other elevations in blank wall-plane.

Statement of Special Interest

Petition of 9 December 1932; work described in BUILDER as

"demolition and rebuilding scheme for Lewis's". Photographs

of 1920, and the plans of 1932, indicate that the former

Warehouse was completely demolished rather than absorbed in

part. Impressive proportions enhanced by simplicity and

repetition of details.



B 10 September 1910, p.297. B 27 May 1932, p.951. B 29

July 1932, p.189. Further information courtesy of Buildings

of Scotland Research Unit. SR Archives: T-AF 342/1-3,

photographs. SR Archives: D of G Prog. no.470 (1932).

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