Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NS 59053 65306
259053, 665306


Archibald Elliot, 1827. Band with 7-bay temple-fronted facade to Royal Exchange Square, 4 bays to return sides. Cream ashlar sandstone. Base course and ground floor cill course. Main cornice and coped parapet above full entablature. Pedimented Greek Ionic portico, with fluted

columns set on flight of 9 shallow steps; single row of coffering to soffit. Pilasters at angles and behind outer columns of portico. Tall architraved windows at ground, and doorway at centre, with consoled cornices, additional moulding to cornice of door. Return elevations with advanced outer bays to E, and intercepted on penultimate bays to E by triumphal arches of Royal Exchange Square (listed separately). Ground floor windows to 3 remaining bays and smaller 1st floor windows to each bay. Modern metal-framed windows.

INTERIOR largely and regrettably modernised in both buildings, in late 1960s by Gratton and McLean, but retaining Elliot's coombed ceiling with shell details and gilding above saloon of 1827 design.

Statement of Special Interest

92-100 Buchanan Street by Charles Wilson, 1850-51, abacking the Royal Exchange building, is listed separately, though the 2 are joined internally. Elliot was responsible for the earlier designs of Royal Exchange Square.



Gomme and Walker 1987, p.83. Doak 1977, No.28.

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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