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Local Authority
Planning Authority
NS 59128 65247
259128, 665247


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



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.



Gomme and Walker 1987, pp.83f, 143, 255.

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