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- Category: A
- Date Added: 15/12/1970
- Local Authority: Glasgow
- Planning Authority: Glasgow
- Burgh: Glasgow
National Grid Reference
- NGR: NS 58924 65239
- Coordinates: 258924, 665239
John Keppie and Charles Rennie Mackintosh (Honeyman and Keppie), 1893-5. Glasgow style. 6 storeys, 10 asymmetrical bays with 10-storey tower at NW angle. Polished ashlar commercial building with Art Nouveau details. Octagonal corner tower with pilasters and Art Nouveau doorpiece flanked by 2 arched windows with stylised keystones. 3 windows to each floor; 1st, 2nd, and 3rd single; bipartite with glazed tympanum 4th; 2 single windows 5th, 3 in 6th, corbelled 7th storey blank with curvilinear decoration; small pilastered windows 8th; gallery and set-back, round-arched windows 9th with oversailing bellcast lead roof.
Elevation to Mitchell Street: 1-2-14-1 bays. Ground floor loading bays divided by piers; narrow entrance; 3 round-arched southern bays with modern infill and additional loading bays. Upper floors repeating main detailing.
Statement of Special Interest
After lying vacant for many years the building was transformed into "The Lighthouse" - Scotland's Centre for Architecture, Design and the City, with a modern extension by Page & Park to the rear. The refurbished building contains a permanent Mackintosh Interpretation Centre and was opened to the public in July 1999.
Howarth, Mackintosh, 2nd ed 1977, p. 60-3, Doak (ed) 1977 No 141; Gomme and Walker, 1968 pp 198, 220, 292. Glasgow City Archives D of G - plans only, no elevations in the record. Missing drawings located in the Frank Worsdall collection, Ref. B136.
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