Listed Building

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40-50 (EVEN NOS) WILSON STREET WITH 70-74 HUTCHESON STREET, 117 BRUNSWICK STREET, 149 INGRAM STREET (THE FORMER COUNTY BUILDINGS OR COURT HOUSES)LB32807

Status: Designated

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Summary

Category
B
Date Added
15/12/1970
Local Authority
Glasgow
Planning Authority
Glasgow
Burgh
Glasgow
NGR
NS 59435 65207
Coordinates
259435, 665207

Description

Clarke and Bell, Edinburgh, 1842-4, with N section in

1871, and refronted in 1892. Neo-Greek, 3-storey public

buildings. Ashlar, channelled to ground 1st floor

windows mainly with consoled cornices, some pilastered

window reveals at ground and in doors now altered to

windows.

Comprised of; (a) S section: 1842-4. Original County

Building. Ionic hexastyle temple front to Wilson Street,

raised on stylobate (ground floor) and flanked by single

narrow bays and outer pilastered bays. Ashlar,

channelled to ground, frieze sculptured by Walter Buchan

on base. Architraved windows. Entrances with consoled

cornices in outer bays, crowning entablature and blocking

course; one similar return bay; further bays each side

elevation, symmetrically arranged to Brunswick Street.

Columnar entrance hall to Wilson Street.

(B) CENTRE SECTION: 1842-4. Originally Merchants' House.

Main front to Hutcheson Street, incorporating Corinthian

colonnade, rising through 1st and 2nd floors and flanked

by pilastered bays. Sculpture again by Buchan.

(C) N SECTION: 1871, extended 1892; facade reflecting

Wilson Street design; with Corinthian hexastyle portico

to Ingram Street with central door and 4 windows in

plinth, partly re-using old materials. Closely spaced

windows on N part of Hutcheson Street; 8 bays to N of

Brunswick Street are symmetrical. Plate-glass glazing

pattern to sash and case windows; some etched glazing to

Brunswick Street. Decorative wrought-iron railings to

Brunswick Street, and decorative cast-iron to Wilson

Street.

Statement of Special Interest

Won by Clarke and Bell in a competition of 1841. The

S part cost $56,000 and the Merchants' House $10,300.

In 1888, when the City Chambers opened, the building was

reserved for the courts alone. Undergoing interior

alterations 1988.

References

Bibliography

Gomme and Walker 1987 p54, 62, 72, 235. Worsdall

VICTORIAN CITY 1982, p.74.

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