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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NS 58836 65490
258836, 665490


James Miller, 1925-27. Modern classical 8-storey and

raised basement commercial building. 9 x 6 bays.

Ashlar. Plinth forming stylobate for giant order of

engaged Greek Ionic fluted colonnade in antis to St

Vincent Street, pilastrade to Renfield Street; wide

angle pilasters with rosette necking; basement set

behind colonnade storey above with channelled masonry,

continuing 1 bay to eastern return; plain windows in

deep reveals, tall metal glazed section lighting banking

hall at raised ground floor; metal frieze; 1st floor

windows plain, bold entablature with dentil band metal

plain 2nd floor windows with elaborate Greek key

frieze above forming cill band to 3rd and supporting

giant pilastrade rising to 5th floor with metal panels

between floors; rosette frieze and cornice. 6th floor

with plain bipartite windows, rosette frieze and very

elaborate main cornice. 1 bay northern return to West

George Lane continues main elevation detailing. Rear

elevation with twin towers of white glazed brick, metal

catwalks at 3rd to 6th floors.

INTERIOR: Marble columned banking hall (lowered ceiling).

Statement of Special Interest

Formerly Union Bank. The idea for the design came from

the work of York and Sawyer (Chicago).

Upgraded B to A 21.7.88



Information by courtesy of Buildings of Scotland

Research Unit. Gomme and Walker 1968, pp. 228, 295. Doak

(ed) 1977, No 171. S R Archives, D of G 1925/385.

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). 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 only legal part of the listing is the address/name of site. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing and if a number or name is missing from a listing address it may still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing can also cover structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. 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 Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. 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 current legislation.

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