Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NS 58311 66166
258311, 666166


Main block James Thomson (Baird and Thomson), 1878. NE block

corner Buccleuch Street and Garnethill Street, W F McGibbon

1886, additions 1898, (lower linking block). School


MAIN BLOCK: 2 storeys with 3-storey central tower bay. 11

unequal bays arranged 1-4-1-4-1; symmetrical with wide

advanced pavilion bays. Polished ashlar. Casement windows with horizontal glazing bars. Projecting central portico with

coupled square Doric pillars framing keyblocked, arched

entrance, independent mutule cornice, parapet with inset

central decoration. Ground floor cill band, lugged architraved

windows, tripartite at ends, single light in central bays,

ground floor cornice. 1st floor windows single light in

central bays tripartite with anta mullions in outer bays,

moulded cills, plain aprons, similar with consoled to centre.

Bracketted cornice at centre and ends. Single stage bell

tower with coupled pilasters to front framing console

keyblocked arched bellcote; bracketted cornice; pierced die

parapet with obelisk finials. Piended roofs to pavilion.

Corniced end stacks. Skylights in central bays.


arranged 2-1-2; pilastered, arched entrance in 4th bay from

N; window arrangement as main elevation with tripartite

central bay.

Squared coped droved ashlar boundary wall with corniced or

ball finial piers; cast-iron balusters.

2-storey janitor's house attached to E return; 2-light windows

with anta mullions, 2 on ground floor flanking plain window,

1 central 1st floor window on cill band.

NE BLOCK (1886): 2 storeys, attic, and basement. 6 x 3 bays.

Polished ashlar. Bays divided by bold pier buttresses surmounted

by scrolls and linked to blind parapet at 1st floor. Ground

floor continuous moulded cill band, cornice; 1st floor continuous moulded cill band, plain entablature eaves cornice, shallow

die parapet. Sash and case windows, 2-light basement windows

with lugged architraves and anta mullions; pedimented tripartite entrance at No 43 Garnethill Street; lugged architraves to

ground and 1st floor windows, single-light, 1st and 5th bays

from E tripartite on both upper floors. Pedimented, pilastered tripartite attic window in 1st bay from N, Garnethill Street

skylights; corniced end stack.

Coped boundary wall with ball finials and cast-iron balustrade

to Garnethill Street.

Statement of Special Interest

Built as Garnethill School, became Glasgow High School for Girls. Converted to housing late 1990s.



B.A. August 30, 1878. December 17, 1886. S.R. Archives, D of

G. 1/1195. 1/3296. 1/6446.

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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