Sir J J Burnet (Burnet, Son and Dick), 1926-9, major internal remodelling 1986/7. Modern classical, 7-storey and basement
commercial building on corner site. 5 x 5 wide bays. Ashlar,
granite plinth. Central entrance with flanking attached
columns supporting lettered panel with relief sculpture
"NORTH BRITISH & MERCANTILE BUILDING" Diocletian window above,
flanked by Doric columns supporting (later) crouching figure
sculpture; figure sculpture above entrance on carved bracket,
St Andrew, by Archibald Dawson dated 1927 flanking figure
circa 1952. Ground floor plain arcade, on coupled Doric
columns with rosette necking in outer bays at St Vincent
Street; ground floor cill band, corniced windows, with
stylised keyblocks recessed between ground and 1st floor,
below Diocletian windows, diminutive aedicule with open
segmental pediment in central light above entrance bay. All
windows casement with metal glazing bars. 2nd floor windows
with moulded cills, keyblocked above every 3rd window. Slightly projecting plain 3rd floor entablature forms 4th floor cill
band. 6th floor cill band, every third window keyblocked with
voussoirs. Bold cornice with dentil band broken in 1st bay from
S at West Campbell Street by corniced wallhead stack slightly
advanced and rising from base plinth. Sculpted cartouche
with lettering "NB&M" on SW angle between 5th and 6th floors.
White brick rear elevation with ashlar dressings to coupled
ground floor arcade.
Boundary grey granite are with bold piers walls to St Vincent
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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.
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