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Status: Designated


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Local Authority
Planning Authority
NS 58931 65179
258931, 665179


3 separate warehouse premises now combined into one department

store. S section of Buchanan Street frontage (originally

Kemp's shawl emporium) 1853-4, 5 storeys (4th and 5th added

by Boucher and Cousland after fire of 1883). Cast-iron framed, pilastered masonry ends, diminutive segmental pediments over

end bays.

Central section (original Wylie and Lochead building). James

Sellars (Campbell Douglas and Sellars) 1884 (rebuilt after

fire of 1883). Renaissance 5-storey and attic terracotta

frontage, Corinthian pilasters through lower 2 floors, central

broken segmental pediment with figures over entrance; divided

into 3 bays above ground floor with banded pilasters, 3 windows

to each bay, pilastered to 2nd and columned to 3rd; windows in

outer bays, bowed at 2nd and 3rd floors; decorated pilasters

to 3rd. Balustraded parapet with 3 tall arched dormers, whole

surmounted by cast-iron parapet.

INTERIOR: cast-iron framed, clad in terracotta, fireproof

construction. Long saloon rising 5 storeys, 4 main bays,

arched glass roof, mahogany staircase.

N SECTION: Boucher and Cousland for Mirrlees, Italianate

astylar, 5-storey, 7-bay. Top 2 storeys after 1883 fire.

Consoled pediments 1st floor windows, segmental pediments

2nd, architraves 3rd, plain pilasters between 4th; balustraded

parapet with coat of arms.

Statement of Special Interest

The rebuilding after the fire followed the same basic plan but

used the latest American theories on structural fire protection.

It is possible that only the top 2 storeys of the N Section

are by Boucher and Cousland.



Original Wylie and Lochead building dated 1884 on bracket.

BA May 21 1886 (illustration). Listed A for the importance

of the galleried interior.

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