Nos 1-29 at S, David Hamilton and Robert Black, 1830, and
Nos 2-40 at N, Hamilton and James Smith, based on scheme
by Archibald Elliot II. 3-storey classical terraces to N
and S sides of square, with shops and offices, and on
return to E in Queen Street with attics to end pavilions.
Ashlar, mostly painted; base course. Modern shops at
ground, mostly retaining regular piers of original fronts.
QUEEN STREET ELEVATIONS: symmetrical pair, each of 5
bays. Panelled pilasters dividing bays at ground, with
tall, panelled doors to outer (N or S bay respectively)
bays; frieze and cornice above; attached, giant order
Ionic columns to 1st and 2nd floors and end pilasters,
with moulded cill and lintel bands between set-back
windows; pilastered jambs to 1st floor windows. Full
entablature; windows set in panels of parapet, between
panelled dies, and with blocking course above centre 3
ROYAL EXCHANGE SQUARE ELEVATIONS: bays arranged 11-5-13-
5, from W to E, each side, with 13 bays recessed between
5-bay blocks, 11 bays boldly advanced. 5-bays to E end
to N and S, detailed at Queen Street elevation, but with
Ionic pilasters, not columns, and with doorways in
different bays. Pends to Nos 7, 9, 10 and 22. Simple
architraves to 1st floor windows, with frieze and cornice
above 2nd floor with balustrade and dies (balusters
missing from N side). 5 bays to W of centre slightly
advanced and with giant order pilasters to 1st and 2nd
floors, and with attic windows in parapet, as in
pavilions to Queen Street. 11 bays to W, advanced to a
depth of 1 bay, with architraved windows at 1st and 2nd
floors, and cornices to those at 1st; entablature and
die, balustrade above. Plate-glass sash and case windows
predominating, some small-pane. Slate roofs.
TRIUMPHAL ARCHES: closing square to W, flanking Elliot's
bank, (listed separately as 92-100 Buchanan Street).
Ashlar. Each side, a keystoned semi-circular archway,
flanked by paired, fluted Ionic columns, bearing
entablature and parapet, coped at end dies; narrow
pedestrian openings flanking archway.
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