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- Category: A
- Date Added: 06/07/1966
- Local Authority: Glasgow
- Planning Authority: Glasgow
- Burgh: Glasgow
National Grid Reference
- NGR: NS 57467 66060
- Coordinates: 257467, 666060
Charles Wilson, 1857. Renaissance former halls on corner site, now Hindu Mandir. 3 x 9 unequal bays. Painted ashlar; rear elevation droved ashlar. Single volume rectangular plan with 2 storeys at rear, sunk basement. Continuous ground floor, pilastraded arcade, with solid moulded cornice transom with Greek key frieze. Wide arches at La Belle Place and outer bays to Clifton Street headed with stylised acroteria; sculpted tympana to Clifton Street; basement band course linked to ground floor cill band. Eaves entablature with sculpted frieze by Mossman depicting the progress of the Arts, dentil cornice. Parapet with dies. Pediments to N and S elevations, incised with lettering at S.
ELEVATION TO LA BELLE PLACE: central entrance bay with architraved door, panel and lunette above, flanked by 2 oblong stair lights.
ELEVATION TO CLIFTON STREET: 7 central glazed bays; with sculpted tympana surmounted by carved heads; southern entrance bay with chamfered panel above. Plain windows La Belle Allee. Corniced and architraved entry with door and fanlights to La Belle Allee.
INTERIOR: gutted and refitted.
Ashlar gate and railing piers. Cast-iron balustrade. Cast-iron lamp standards.
Statement of Special Interest
Formerly Queen's Rooms. Incised lettering in south pediment has: ERECTED BY DAVID BELL OF BLACKHALL MERCHANT IN GLASGOW MDCCCLVII CHARLES WILSON MQR ARCHITECT MOSSMAN SCULPTOR W T EDMISTON WRIGHT WILLIAM YORK BUILDER. Converted to First Church of Christ Scientist circa 1948 and later to Hindu Mandir. Place of worship in use as such.
Plans SNMR dated March 1857; APSD; Doak (ed) 1977, No 79. Gomme and Walker, 1968 pp 98-9, 291. E Williamson, A Riches, M Higgs THE BUILDINGS OF SCOTLAND: GLASGOW (1990) p279-80.
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