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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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NS 58168 65742
258168, 665742


Main block, Charles Wilson, 1846. Italian Renaissance. 2

storeys, 11 bays; later attic. Ashlar, channelled central

piers and quoins. 4 central projecting piers supporting standing

figure sculptures by John Mossman of Homer, Cicero, Galileo,

and Watt, circa 1880. Arched central doorway and flanking

windows with sculpted responds and spandrels. Deep plinth with

v-joints to panels below ground floor cill band. Sash and case

windows with decorative glazing bars; ground floor windows

roundheaded with block surrounds; 1st floor windows on ground

floor entablature; arched with panelled spandrels, cornices.

Main entablature; consoled cornice, dentil band.

Triumphal arches with channelled piers link central block to

4-bay wings, McLure 1875 and 1887 (S wing dated), similarly

detailed to main block.

71-83 HOLLAND STREET: J L Cowan, completed 1897. 2-storey,

7-bay block with entrance bay and 2 additional western bays.

Ashlar, channelled at ground floor, rusticated quoins. Entrances

in outer bays breaking through ground floor entablature with

channelled voussoirs, corniced. Segmentally headed ground floor

windows. 1st floor windows casements in arched recesses with

panelled spandrels, corniced. Modillion cornice above. Blank

linking bay with oculus above entrance at No 71 Holland Street.

2 Gibbs surround windows at 1st floor in southern bays; 1st

floor cornice, parapet.

SCIENCE BLOCK: John Watson (Watson, Salmond, and Gray) 1931-32. Classical 3-storeys, 8 bays to Elmbank Street. Ashlar,

channelled at ground floor. Giant pilasters rising from 1st to

2nd floor. Ground floor 2-light windows, recessed with marginal

glazing. Entablature; piended slate roof. Linked to northern

wing by paired, pilastered triumphal arch.

LODGES, HOLLAND STREET: Watson, Salmond and Gray, 1938. French Renaissance. Pair of single storey and attic lodges, pedimented

full dormers. Channelled piers with urns flank entrances with

Gibbs surrounds, Quadrant screen walls swept to meet retaining

wall. Central wrought-iron gateway with elaborate overthrow.

Rear elevation: tripartite, pilastered basement refuge with

surrounding architrave. 2 3-light windows; 3 dormers.

Rusticated retaining walls with ashlar, segmental headed piers, cast-iron balusters. Imperial ashlar staircase with die walls

to Elmbank Street.

Statement of Special Interest

Formerly Glasgow Academy, became Glasgow High School, now

Strathclyde Regional Council.

Upgraded B to A 21.7.88



Plans NMRS. APSD. BI April 15, 1896. S. R. Archives, D of G.

About Listed Buildings

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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.

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