Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NS 59265 65469
259265, 665469


Circa 1807-18. Classical terrace (originally domestic), with porches and balcony added circa 1850, and top floor and mansard attic by James Thomson, (of Baird and Thomson) 1903-5. Regrettable conservatory added circa 1986. Rendered and lined, with painted rustication at ground floor. Symmetrical 21-bay to George Square (3-4-7-4-3), 4-storey, basement and attic. Centre bays slightly advanced, with round-arched

entrances set in segmental doorpieces in outer bays of central group; pierced balcony bridging between pediments. Modern conservatory spanning 15 bays at centre, breaking for entrance

flights of steps. 3 architraved and pedimented windows to

centre at 1st floor, flanked by 2 round-arched panels each

side, with plain windows. Original cornice retained below

architraved attic windows, centre 3 flanked by pilasters and

breaking balustrade at centre in round-arched panel with

initialled roundel. Outer bays with giant fluted composite

pilasters retained from original design, with pedimented and

architraved 1st floor windows and paterae frieze below

mutule cornice; eaves balustrade. Pedimented dormer windows

in slate mansard.

NORTH HANOVER STREET ELEVATION: 5-bay on incline. 3 left bays

with Ionic doorpiece at centre and paired windows above, the

left blind. 2 windows at ground altered to bipartite.

REAR ELEVATION asymmetrical, with projecting rectangular stair

blocks off-centre to left and to right.

Plate glass sash and case windows, some with marginal glazing.

Panelled stacks with moulded coping.

Statement of Special Interest

Incorporated in the later additions and alterations to the

hotel, are the remaining vestiges of the Georgian terrace

such as once bounded the Square. The North British Railway

Company which ran from Queen Street Station, commissioned the

additions of a 1903-5, though the buildings had first been

tailored for hotel purposes in 1855.



Gomme and Walker 1987, p.56.

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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