Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NS 58991 65150
258991, 665150


Colin Menzies (Thomson and Menzies), dated 1904. Elaborate Edwardian Baroque commercial building. 6-storey and gabled attic; 3 tripartite bays, the central canted through 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors. Red sandstone ashlar with polished granite details. Argyll Arcade (see Notes) entered through centre bay with paired mosaic, semi-domed tympanum at entrance; modern (1971) canopies above. Modern shops to ground, returning into Argyll Arcade; dentilled cornicing to return passageway to Arcade elevations. No 32 with curved glass entrance in Arcade. Outer rusticated or banded pilasters. Outer 1st and 2nd floor bays with 2-light central windows, framed respectively by pilasters or banded piers, Corinthian columns to 3rd floor with broken and open swan-neck pediment; similar pediment detail in 4th floor centre bay. Large, semi-circular, key-blocked windows in 4th and centre 5th floor. Corinthian colonnade 5th floor bays, to outer with keyblocked arched windows. Balustraded, balconies to 1st, 2nd and 5th floors, boldly bracketted in centre 1st floor bay with allegorical figures standing on outer plinths and under canopies. Boldly bracketted main cornice; aedicule attic window in steep pediment over centre bay, with clasping, octagonal finialled pinnacles. Plate-glass sash and case windows.

Statement of Special Interest

This is an elabortate and finely detailed Edwardian Baroque commercial premises in a prominent urban location. The first arcade was opened in 1828. Formerly housed Stuart Cranston's Tea Rooms, decorated by McCulloch and Co.

The Argyll Arcade is listed separately (HBNUM 32613).

List description updated 2013.



D Frazer, The Story of the Making of Buchanan Street (1885). Further information courtesy of Buildings of Scotland Research Unit. M MacKeith, Shopping Arcades (1984), pp.48-9. Glasgow City Archives, Dean of Guild Ref. 1/9383 (Drawings dated September 1902, date of decree 22 January 1903, completed 30 January 1908).

About Listed Buildings

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