Listed Building

The only legal part of the listing under the Planning (Listing Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997 is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing – see 'About Listed Buildings' below for more information. The further details below the 'Address/Name of Site' are provided for information purposes only.

Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Group Category Details
100000019 - See Notes
Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NS 56866 66759
256866, 666759


Robert Ewan, 1902-03. 3-storey and attic, Renaissance-detailed corner block. 3 x 2 bays with single storey building to rear. Square, projecting, canted corner bay. Modillion cornice.

E (RETURN TO HILLHEAD STREET) ELEVATION: single storey, projecting porch with cornice and die balustraded parapet. Keyblocked, corniced windows, single and bipartite above, architraved at upper floors. Pedimented dormer breaking through parapet.

CORNER BAY: 1st floor window pedimented, balustraded 'balcony, bipartite windows above with sculpted tympanum and finial in attic. Mansard roof.

S (UNIVERSITY AVENUE) ELEVATION: canted bay rising from ground to 1st floor in 2nd bay from E, panelled aprons, pedimented at 1st floor. Bipartite windows above with keyblocked, pedimented dormer with finial. Keyblocked, pedimented window 1st floor, 1st bay from E.

Timber sash and case windows. Piended slate roofs; corniced mutual stacks.

INTERIOR (seen 1988): Mosaic entrance hall floor, leaded lights with stained glass in W porch.

BOUNDARY WALLS: coped boundary walls; small curved run of cast iron railings to left of entrance; other railings now missing.

Statement of Special Interest

1 University Gardens forms an A-Group with 2-10 University Gardens, 12 University Gardens, 14 University Gardens and 11-13 University Gardens (see separate listings). 1 University Gardens is a high-quality Renaissance townhouse on a prominent corner site, and a key part of a terrace including works by John James Burnet and J Gaff Gillespie (see separate listings). The townhouse is well detailed and makes innovative use of a prominent corner site with a chamfered corner bay with prominent pedimented ashlar attic storey and corner pilasters. The building makes a significant contribution to the streetscape and exhibits characteristic architectural detailing which responds in style to the John James Burnett block further down University Gardens (see separate listing) in style. The interior is also well detailed, with a number of features, including elaborate plasterwork, which are characteristic of this period of architectural design.

Formerly listed as '1 University Gardens'. Originally known as 'Saughfield Crescent'.

List description updated as part of review of the University of Glasgow Hillhead Campus, 2011. The building number is derived from the University of Glasgow Main Campus Map (2007), as published on the University's website



Ordnance Survey, Large Scale Town Plan: Glasgow, 1909-10; Mitchell Library, Dean of Guild Collection; A Gomme, D Walker, Architecture of Glasgow, (1987); C McKean, D Walker, F Walker, Central Glasgow: Royal Incorporation of Architects in Scotland Illustrated Architectural Guide, (1989) p. 187; E Williamson, A Riches, M Higgs, The Buildings of Scotland: Glasgow, (1990) p. 349; Gordon R Urquhart, Along Great Western Road - An Illustrated History of Glasgow's West End, (2000), pp. 174, 181; 'University Gardens' buildings search at and (accessed 03-03-2010).

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. Other than the name or address of a listed building, further details are provided for information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland does not accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered as a consequence of inaccuracies in the information provided. 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.

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