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

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.

If you want to alter, extend or demolish a listed building you need to contact your planning authority to see if you need listed building consent. The planning authority advises on the need for listed building consent and they also decide what a listing covers. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

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