Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NS 59033 65311
259033, 665311


Charles Wilson, 1850-51. Italian Renaissance palazzo style, 3-storey and basement commercial building, linked by 3 modern bays to Archibald Elliot's 1827 neo-Greek, 2-storey and basement building, opening on Royal Exchange Square and listed separately. 3-storey with 7 bays to Buchanan Street, 6 similarly detailed bays to return sides. Yellow ashlar sandstone. Modern stone-faced ground floor with billetted cornice.

Architraved windows with ornately consoled cornices to 1st and 2nd floor; variety of swagged masques to friezes above 1st floor windows, and swagged wreaths to those of 2nd floor, cavetto jambs, detailed with paterae at mid-point. Continuous band courses at level of window

cornices of 1st and 2nd floors, cill course to 2nd floor.

Guilloched paterae in main frieze, dentil moulding above and modillioned cornice; moulded coping to ashlar parapet, with dies at regular intervals.

3 recessed, modern ashlar, 2-storey and basement bays to E, in South Exchange Place and Royal Bank Place, linking with Elliott's earlier building.

Statement of Special Interest

Despite the loss of the interior, the refined composition of this building merits A listing.



Gomme and Walker 1987, pp.93, 118-20, fig. 90.

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

The only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

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