Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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NS 59215 65143
259215, 665143


James Smith, 1863-5, completed after his death by Melvin and Leiper. 3-storey, 7-bay astylar facade to library, in Italian Renaissance design. Cream ashlar with deeply channelled pilasters and outer bays at ground. Wide semi-circular keystoned arches in outer bays (pend at N

door with shafted entrance at S), central door and 4 flanking windows, semi-circular, keystoned heads and moulded architraves. Pilastered and bracketted corniced 1st floor windows. Lugged rectangular blind panels in 2nd floor. Entablature over each floor. Main modillion cornice. Scrolled consoles support wallhead stack at centre, with decorative carving. S return, snecked rubble, by pend leading to Virginia


REAR: projecting bay to S; 5 remaining bays with stair window flanked by windows at ground and 1st floor. Plate-glass glazing to sash and case windows; small-pane at rear.

INTERIOR: library at upper level, galleried with coved ceiling and top lights, all original fittings including bookcases.

Statement of Special Interest

Drawings by J Moyr Smith, supervised by Smith. The fittings were by Melvin and Leiper. Stirlings' Library is now housed in the former Royal Exchange, and the earlier building converted to offices, but the Library

hall remains intact.



Information courtesy of Buildings of Scotland Research Unit. BN vol.xii, pp.292, 312, 367.

Gomme and Walker 1987, p.125m, fig.26. Doak (ed) 1977, 82.

GLASGOW HERALD 12th April 1865.

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