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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 58586 64963
  • Coordinates258586, 664963


Sir J J Burnet. 1883-6 N section. 1905-8 corner with

Broomielaw. Beaux Art Renaissance with fine sculpture by

Albert Hodge. 3 tall storeys, basement and attic.

Polished granite base, rusticated ashlar to ground and

1st floors, polished above.

1883-6 SECTION: 5 N bays in Robertson Street, round-

arched openings to ground, 3 central form main loggia

entrance flanked by 2 boldly modelled projecting ships

prows, pedimented 1st floor, tetrastyle temple

frontispiece above with exotic composite capitals and

elaborately sculptured pediment with crowning Neptune

set-piece. Mullion and transom 2nd floor windows, taller

to centre.

1905-8: 4 bays attached to S gable following 1883-6

designs with imposing circled corner with pilastered

drum, dome and crowning cupola. Details similar to

earlier block; engaged columns paired at angle with

oculus over each 2nd floor window, entablature much high

quality sculpture in capitals and bold sculptural

decoration at upper levels including figures of Watt,

Telford and Henry Bell (commissioned 1907) 2 massive

sculptures frame dome (1908).

INTERIOR: Exceptionally fine Edwardian interior work in

main rooms. Ionic dome detail of loggia continued in

entrance hall; at rear tall business hall with engaged

Pascal-type banded Doric columns flanking angles, boldly

coffered ceiling. Stair: ceramic tiled walls, cast-iron

balusters with regular out-flankers (braces) in similar

elegant design, screen at 2nd floor (now filled) leading

to elaborate 8-bay corridor (off-set at S) with

pendentive domes on engaged columns (subtle variation in

2 sections).

TRUST HALL: circular meeting hall, domed, 3 windows at

street angle, opposite 3 boldly columned bays with

nautical details, stencilled decoration; floral swagged

plasterwork in dome; stained glass in upper lights. Board

Room: tall room in centre of original frontispiece,

panelled for approx 10' with embossed paper to upper

walls, painted and panelled ceiling; large sliding doors

with elaborate hinges to rooms at either end; ship over

chimneypiece and original screen (could be raised and

lowered); stained glass in upper lights. 2 committee

rooms and dining room handsomely detailed, panelled etc.

All rooms contain original furnishings. Tall brick flue

with corbelled coping.

Statement of Special Interest

Illustration in THE ARCHITECT 1888 shows projected

campanile instead of dome finally built. Watercolour by

Jules Lessore. Original section cost $25,000.



RIBA Fellowship Nomination Papers 29 Nov 1897. Drawings:

1906-8 with Clyde Navigation Trust. Information by

courtesy of Buildings of Scotland Research Unit. Beattie,


Gomme and Walker 1968 p.299.

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