Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NS 58085 66010
258085, 666010


Robert Duncan, 1898. Cast-iron classical building with ashlar dressings and cladding. 3 storeys rising to 4 in central section; 3 bays with windows arranged 5-5-5 articulated with giant order of 4 Corinthian pilasters rising through 1st and 2nd floors. 3-bay pilastered recessed entry at No 514 Sauchiehall Street flanked by modern shop fronts. Raised central section with broken pedimented front, bracketted with sculpted frieze and tympanum with globe on pedestal. All windows sash and case with plate glass. Symmetrical arrangement of 5 cast-iron mullioned windows on each floor of outer bays with mutuled cill band and corbels to 2nd floor. Central 3 windows on 1st and 2nd floors canted with full Corinthian column mullions in outer windows and sculpted pilasters in flat flanking bays. Roman Ionic pilastrade with swags in 4th floor flanked by 3rd floor balustrade with carved end piers.

Interior: arched hall with cast-iron columns, niches, and decorative mirrors.

Statement of Special Interest

An important part of the streetscape, this is a finely detailed building of some quality. Its cast-iron frame is of particular interest. The Cinema Theatre Association note that an early cinema was formerly located to the rear.

References and Notes updated as part of the Cinemas Thematic Study 2007-08



S. R. Archives. D of G. Williamson et al, The Buildings of Scotland - Glasgow (1990), p243. Dictionary of Scottish Architects: (accessed 28.2.08). Further information courtesy of Cinema Theatre Association: (accessed 12.2.08).

About Listed Buildings

Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating sites and places at the national level. These designations are Scheduled monuments, Listed buildings, Inventory of gardens and designed landscapes and Inventory of historic battlefields.

We make recommendations to the Scottish Government about historic marine protected areas, and the Scottish Ministers decide whether to designate.

Listing is the process that identifies, designates and provides statutory protection for buildings of special architectural or historic interest as set out in the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings which are found to be of special architectural or historic interest using the selection guidance published in Designation Policy and Selection Guidance (2019)

Listed building records provide an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building which has been identified by its statutory address. The description and additional information provided are supplementary and have no legal weight.

These records are not definitive historical accounts or a complete description of the building(s). If part of a building is not described it does not mean it is not listed. 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 legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Addresses and building names may have changed since the date of listing. Even if a number or name is missing from a listing address it will still be listed. Listing covers both the exterior and the interior and any object or structure fixed to the building. Listing also applies to buildings or structures not physically attached but which are part of the curtilage (or land) of the listed building as long as they were erected before 1 July 1948.

While Historic Environment Scotland is responsible for designating listed buildings, the planning authority is responsible for determining what is covered by the listing, including what is listed through curtilage. However, for listed buildings designated or for listings amended from 1 October 2015, legal exclusions to the listing may apply.

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 1997 Act. 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 subsequent legislation.

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