Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NS 59436 65275
259436, 665275


J T Rochead, architect, 1859. Former John Street

Church, United Presbyterians. Palazzo style Italianate

former Church, now converted to bar at ground, 1st floor

still (1988) derelict with much of the interior fittings


3-storeys and basement, 11 bays to John Street, 7 bays

to Cochrane Street.

Polished ashlar, stonecleaned, bold rustication to ground.

End bays to each facade shallow advanced with

round-arched doorways in Gibbsian surround and central

console supporting bracket keystones. Elaborate panelled

doors. All ground floor openings have moulded recessed

reveals, windows with plate glass glazing. Double-height

1st floor, formerly galleried Church. End bays flanked

by pilasters, solid masonry with elaborately architraved

blind niches. To inner bays Ionic colonnade with

full-height windows directly glazed between columns,

giving the effect of engaged columns emerging from a

glass wall. Leaded glazing pattern some acid etched


Decorative frieze over doors, cornice over ground,

Columns support entablature and mutule cornice. Deep

panelled parapet with intermediate die piers, some conceal

chimneys and have single octagonal cans. Piended slate

roofs originally with octagonal ventilators.

Harled rubble flank to E, with 5 (of 9) colonnaded

windows intact, others have been blocked by adjoining

building now (1988) demolished.

INTERIOR: inserted ground floor replacing original interior.

Resulting upper floor partially gutted, with steel beams

inserted for proposed additional floor, adjoined to massive

columns with ornate Ionic capitals. 9-bay windows

divided by columns to E and W (the latter partly blocked)

and 5-bay to N; decorative stained and painted glass with

round-arch arrangement. Formerly curved angles to

large open room. Formerly with coomb ceiling (vestiges

remaining 1987) and with partial survival of superb

plasterwork, with oval centrepiece and trabeated border.

Statement of Special Interest

Statutory address updated 2010 from '27 Cochrane Street and 18 John Street' to '29 Cochrane Street and 18 John Street' following information received from Glasgow City Council.



Gomme and Walker 1987, p.92n, 310.

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. 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 legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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 1997 Act. 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 subsequent legislation.

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