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Listed Building

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site only. All other information in the record is not statutory.


Status: Designated


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  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 15/12/1970


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

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNS 58924 65239
  • Coordinates258924, 665239


John Keppie and Charles Rennie Mackintosh (Honeyman and Keppie), 1893-5. Glasgow style. 6 storeys, 10 asymmetrical bays with 10-storey tower at NW angle. Polished ashlar commercial building with Art Nouveau details. Octagonal corner tower with pilasters and Art Nouveau doorpiece flanked by 2 arched windows with stylised keystones. 3 windows to each floor; 1st, 2nd, and 3rd single; bipartite with glazed tympanum 4th; 2 single windows 5th, 3 in 6th, corbelled 7th storey blank with curvilinear decoration; small pilastered windows 8th; gallery and set-back, round-arched windows 9th with oversailing bellcast lead roof.

Elevation to Mitchell Street: 1-2-14-1 bays. Ground floor loading bays divided by piers; narrow entrance; 3 round-arched southern bays with modern infill and additional loading bays. Upper floors repeating main detailing.

Statement of Special Interest

After lying vacant for many years the building was transformed into "The Lighthouse" - Scotland's Centre for Architecture, Design and the City, with a modern extension by Page & Park to the rear. The refurbished building contains a permanent Mackintosh Interpretation Centre and was opened to the public in July 1999.



Howarth, Mackintosh, 2nd ed 1977, p. 60-3, Doak (ed) 1977 No 141; Gomme and Walker, 1968 pp 198, 220, 292. Glasgow City Archives D of G - plans only, no elevations in the record. Missing drawings located in the Frank Worsdall collection, Ref. B136.

About Designations

Listed Buildings

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest and these are selected according to criteria published in the, Annex 2, pp74-76.

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.

Enquiries relating to works to listed buildings should be made to the local authority in the first instance. Listed building consent is required for works which a local authority considers will affect its character as a building of special architectural or historic interest and local authorities also decide if listed building consent is required.

Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The local authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. For information about curtilage see

Legislation introduced on 1 October 2015 allows us to state that: an object or structure fixed to the listed building; any object or structure within the curtilage of the listed building; and, any part or feature of the listed building that is not of architectural or historic interest may be excluded from a listing. If part of your building is not listed under the new legislation, the part will be excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest. 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.

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