Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NS 58992 65135
258992, 665135


John Baird I, 1827. L-plan, 2-storey arcade, linking Argyle Street and Buchanan Street. Modern shop fronts at ground with some pilasters of 1827 retained. 16-pane glazing to 1st floor windows, with dividing pilasters and continuous dentil cornice. Curved windows by entrance blocks, and curved bay at junction. Shields on dividing cornice. Winding stone stair. Glazed cast-iron hammerbeam roof.

Statement of Special Interest

The Argyll Arcade is the oldest shopping arcade in Scotland and was modelled on the Parisian Arcades of the late 18th century. It is around 450' long and the developer was James Robertson Reid. Crown Arcade, 31-35 Virginia Street, nearby makes an interesting and contemporary comparison. The 3-storey public house, 61 Argyll Arcade entered through the arcade and opening onto Morrison Court behind to W is listed separately. Alterations and additions to Arcade in 1933 by Miller and Black.

The Argyll Arcade is entered at Buchanan Street via an entrance in the Argyll Chambers, 28-32 Buchanan Street (see separate listing).

List description updated, 2013.



M MacKeith, Shopping Arcades 1817-1939 (1985), pp.48-9. B. 29.9.33, P.522.

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