T L Watson, 1885-9. Dutch Renaissance, 4-storey, attic
and basement office building and printing works. 6
asymmetrical bays. Red Ballochmyle sandstones; brick rear;
Arched openings to ground with doorway off-centre to
left; 2-leaf panelled doors with fanlight. Ground floor
bays divided by panelled pilasters; 3 right bays with
Corinthian detailed treatment to portico, ornately carved
columns. Roundel freize above ground floor, with CITIZEN
OFFICE in roundels of right half. Mullioned and transomed
bipartites at 1st and 2nd floor, with 2 canted bays
off-centre to right at 1st floor. Consoled balconies to
2nd floor flat windows and above canted bays. Ornate
frieze above 2nd floor, broken by pedimented panels over
each window. 4 depressed arches with recess windows to
3rd floor, with elaborate carving to dividing piers and
Corbelled clock to outer right at 3rd floor with 2 faces,
and single window to outer left with segmental pediment.
1 dormer to outer left with broken segmental pediment;
2 stepped and scrolled gables at centre and right with
round-arched bipartite windows flanked by slender columns.
Octagonal turret with arcaded and leaded cupola to outer
right. Modern small-pane timber glazing at ground; plate
glass casements above slated roofs with clay ridge tiles.
CITIZEN LANE (REAR) ELEVATION: asymmetrical with bipartite
windows and 2 wallhead gables.
INTERIOR: simple coffered ceiling to main office,
pilasters with ornate capitals; panelled ingoes to round-
Statement of Special Interest
Commissioned by James Hedderwick and Sons as EVENING
CITIZEN newspaper offices. Early and striking design in
red sandstone construction, enhanced by the white faience
and sandstone of flanking buildings. Carving by James
Hendry. W J Anderson draughted the ground floor in his
time as office assistant to T L Watson.
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