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Listed Building

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site only. All other information in the record is not statutory.


Status: Designated


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  • Category: B
  • Date Added: 15/12/1970


  • Local Authority: Glasgow
  • Planning Authority: Glasgow
  • Burgh: Glasgow

National Grid Reference

  • NGR: NS 58521 65941
  • Coordinates: 258521, 665941


James Smith 1855, dome and shop fronts by Frank Burnet and

Boston 1904. Redeveloped behind the facade (after fire) 1988.

Rear building by A B Macdonald 1913-14. Polished ashlar with

marble shop front. 3-storey exhibition gallery and department

store. 9 x 31 x 10 bays occupying whole block with cupola

dome on SE corner of Sauchiehall Street and Blythswood Street

and 2-storey, 8-bay addition to Renfrew Street at rear. Main

entrance to galleries vestibule and shop with sculpted,

segmental pedimented doorpiece (1913-14), stepped double

pilasters and sculpted relief in tympanum and niche above

with sculpted supporters and bust on pedestal (bust by

Mossman, reused from original building) surmounted by broken

segmental pediment with relief. 1st floor cill band stopping

at entry to No 2 Dalhousie Street. Mutule cornice. Eaves

string course. Corniced ridge stacks. Slate roof. All windows

sash and case in architraves with plate glass.

ELEVATION TO SAUCHIEHALL STREET: 10-11-10 bays with centre

section breaking forward. 1st floor windows consoled with

segmental pediments in central section and triangular

pediments in centre 4 bays of outer sections. 2nd floor

windows with cills, consoled and corniced. Blocking course to

western section; parapet with piers to central and eastern


Polygonal dome at SE corner (Rose Street/ Sauchiehall Street)

with broken segmental pedimented aedicule windows with

sculpted tympana and alternate arched windows with sculpted


ELEVATION TO ROSE STREET: 10 bays and single storey entrance

bay at No 7 with architraved doorpiece, cornice and parapet.

2 floors of consoled and corniced windows pedimented on 1st

floor above Doric pilastered doorway with triglyph frieze at

No 5 Rose Street.


Channelled masonry in last 4 return bays from S. Single

storey entrance bay at No 6 Dalhousie Street similar to No 7

Rose Street. Channelled projecting solid portico with

roundheaded arch and keystone at No 2 Dalhousie Street. 1st 4

return bays from S breaking forward with 4 consoled and

corniced windows on each floor. Next 5 bays, ground floor

stepped up in 2 bays above entry with 5 consoled and corniced

windows - on cill band in stepped bays and with cills in

outer bays; pediment in 3rd bay from N; 5 margined windows on

1st floor.

ELEVATION TO RENFREW STREET: 2 storeys, 8 bays. Polished

ashlar with rusticated base. 1 storey projecting from main

section with mutule cornice and flat, recessed casement

windows. Architraved entrance at No 147 and No 149 Renfrew

Street. Giant quoined sections with sculpted panels in

projecting outer bays of main section with sculpted reliefs,

dentil cornice, and parapet with swags flanking blind central

section with 3 sculpted panels. 'City of Glasgow' motifs

flanking inscription 'McLellan Galleries'. Eaves frieze,

cornice, parapet.

INTERIOR: cast-iron columns with free Renaissance capitals;

gallery at 2nd floor panelled with Corinthian columned marble

and brass chimneypiece.

GALLERIES: top-lit landing with columnar screens and

pilasters; series of top-lit galleries. Elaborate marbled


Statement of Special Interest

1st gallery for MacLellan collection 1867, in Corporation Buildings/Galleries, (Institute of Fine Art) subsequently

Magasin des Tuileries, then Trerons (badly damaged by fire




APSD ($40,000). B. April 9, 1904. BN Feb 20, 1914. S R

Archives, D of G 1/9658 (1903). T D 233/20. RIBA Fellowship

Nomination Papers (James Carruthers) 1911 alterations to

warehouse and galleries prior to rebuilding. Gomme and

Walker, 1968 p 296.

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Listed Buildings

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