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Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 06/07/1966


  • Local Authority: Glasgow
  • Planning Authority: Glasgow
  • Burgh: Glasgow

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNS 59125 65288
  • Coordinates259125, 665288


E end (former Cunningham Mansion), 1778, altered and

enlarged for Royal Exchange, David Hamilton, 1827-30,

with 2nd E attic by Hamilton, 1880. Sculpture by James

Fillans. Cream and yellow ashlar. 3-storey (2nd as full

attic above cornice), attic to E end, and basement.

E ELEVATION: imposing 7-bay Corinthian, pedimented

portico, octostyle, with giant order on low plinth; full

entablature and pediment and within portico coffered

ceiling. 5 tripartite doorways flanked by windows,

divided by panelled pilasters, cornice above as cill

course for 5 architraved and corniced 1st floor windows.

W ELEVATION: 3-bay. Wide advanced bay at centre with

segmental tripartite window, with Corinthian column

mullions and flanking pilasters, entablature as lintel

and shallow fanlight and Soanic incised detail replacing

architrave. Recessed outer bays with round-arched

windows at ground and small windows above, flanked by

giant Corinthian pilasters. Blocking course above

modillioned cornice raised at centre with diminutive

pedimented crowning details.

N AND S ELEVATIONS: 9 bays to W (Hamilton, circa 1830)

and 5 bays to E (Cunningham Mansion) linked by

modillioned cornice. Corinthian hexastyle screen to W

and, with entablature and parapet, with large anthemion

finials to dies. 5 advanced bays to E with giant

Corinthian pilastrade; doorway at centre of N elevation;

pilaster jambs to corniced windows at ground and

consoled pediments to those at 1st floor; small windows

with shouldered architraves in parapet, with panelled

dies bearing scrolls; slate mansard (1880) with 3

segmental leaded dormer windows each side. Set behind

portico at E end, tall Corinthian peristyle lantern on

channelled masonry base with projecting clock faces, and

with open crown and shallow ogee dome.

Small-pane, margin glazing pattern to ground floor sash

and case windows of E bays, with plate-glass glazing to

round-arched windows, and to sash and case at 1st floor.

INTERIOR: inlaid marble vestibule with coffered ceiling;

scagliola pedimented doorpiece; oval well with

decorative ironwork balustrade; decorative leaded oval

skylight above further inlaid marble floor. Decorative

plasterwork to aisled hall, with massive Corinthian

columns and entablature; flat ceilings above aisles.

Decorative cast-iron, partly gilded, railings and

pedestals front basement area.

Statement of Special Interest

Cunningham of Lainshaw commissioned the original mansion. Stirling's Library was formerly housed in Miller Street. Gomme and Walker point out the influence of Soane on the design, especially his Bank of England. Surrounding terraces of square, the Bank at W end (92-100 Buchanan Street), and the Wellington statue are listed separately.



Gomme and Walker 1987. J Swan SELECT VIEWS OF GLASGOW 1829.

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