Listed Building

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Address/Name of Site


Status: Designated


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Date Added
Local Authority
Planning Authority
NS 59158 65407
259158, 665407


J T Rochead, 1867-70. Italian Renaissance bank and office

building 3-storey and basement palazzo, 9-bays to St

Vincent Place, 7 to George Square, 3-bays to No 2 Anchor

Lane with 4 more bays in much reduced detail to No 4

Anchor Lane, the latter with attic storey. Sculpture by

William Mossman. Massive atlantes doorpiece with Bank of

Scotland crest above flanked by symbolic figures; shell-

headed door piece and flanking pilastered shell-headed

windows divided by pilaster strips of banded vermiculation to

ground floor, consoled segmental shell pediments to 1st floor

with balustraded balconies, architraves to 2nd; guilloched

2nd floor cill course, cornice with tripled brackets, balustrade

and dies (formerly with urns). Modern plate glass glazing;

moulded coping to stacks.

INTERIOR: Banking Hall of 3 x 3 bays square, with Corinthian

columns dividing panelled areas and supporting modillioned

frieze and semi-circular panels with masqued keystones and

caryatid in spandrels supporting, flat trabeated ceiling with hemispherical glazed and chequered dome; decorative plasterwork; original consoled panelled counter. Vestibule with inlaid

marble floor, balustrade and open pedimented and consoled

doorpieces. Some internal work by Andrew Balfour.

Statement of Special Interest

Rochead set the pattern for the composition of the W range

of George Square by this Barryesque palazzo design, followed

by Sellars and by John Burnet to the N, with variations. The

doorpiece was carved in the manner of David Bryce's Western

Bank, Edinburgh, and the attenuated cornice brackets reflect

David Hamilton's Western Club.




and Walker 1987, p.157. Further information courtesy of David

Walker. APSD

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.

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The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site which is known as the statutory address. Other than the name or address of a listed building, further details are provided for information purposes only. Historic Environment Scotland does not accept any liability for any loss or damage suffered as a consequence of inaccuracies in the information provided. 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.

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