Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NS 59049 65539
259049, 665539


A N Paterson (Campbell Douglas and Paterson), 1908-10.

Edwardian Baroque. 5-storeys and attic, sunk basement, 3 x 5

main bays. Polished ashlar, channelled at ground floor. 1st

floor deep corbelled balustraded balcony broken at 1st bay

from E, Nelson Mandela Place; modillion cornice; balustraded

parapet with raised, corniced dies. Open pedimented,

keyblocked aedicule windows at angles in attic.


pedimented central doorpiece with lion mask corbels, plain

flanking lights. 1st and 2nd floor shallow canted central

tripartite bay flanked by vertically linked bipartite

windows; ground floor windows corniced with incised

architraves; 1st and 2nd in decorative architraves, 3rd floor

2-light, architraved windows with stone transomes; 4th floor

architraved single lights.

ELEVATION TO BUCHANAN STREET: repeats Nelson Mandela Place

window arrangement with central advanced 3-bay section

flanked by pilaster strips.

INTERIOR: finishes by Wylie and Lochhead with Guthrie Wells

and Scott Morton; plasterwork by George Bankart.

Statement of Special Interest

Built as The Liberal Club, became the Royal Academy of Music

and Dramatic Art (latter moved to new premises 1987).

Upgraded B to A 21.7.88.



B I Oct 16, 1907. A Dec 9, 1910. Studio Year Book 1909. Doak

(ed) 1977, No 134. Information by courtesy of Buildings of

Scotland Research Unit. Gomme and Walker, 1968 pp 225, 297.

SR Archives, D of G 2/1909.

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.

Listed building consent is required for changes to a listed building which affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest. The relevant planning authority is the point of contact for applications for listed building consent.

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