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Listed Building

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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 58992 65135
  • Coordinates258992, 665135


John Baird I, 1827. L-plan, 2-storey arcade, linking Argyle Street and Buchanan Street. Modern shop fronts at ground with some pilasters of 1827 retained. 16-pane glazing to 1st floor windows, with dividing pilasters and continuous dentil cornice. Curved windows by entrance blocks, and curved bay at junction. Shields on dividing cornice. Winding stone stair. Glazed cast-iron hammerbeam roof.

Statement of Special Interest

The Argyll Arcade is the oldest shopping arcade in Scotland and was modelled on the Parisian Arcades of the late 18th century. It is around 450' long and the developer was James Robertson Reid. Crown Arcade, 31-35 Virginia Street, nearby makes an interesting and contemporary comparison. The 3-storey public house, 61 Argyll Arcade entered through the arcade and opening onto Morrison Court behind to W is listed separately. Alterations and additions to Arcade in 1933 by Miller and Black.

The Argyll Arcade is entered at Buchanan Street via an entrance in the Argyll Chambers, 28-32 Buchanan Street (see separate listing).

List description updated, 2013.



M MacKeith, Shopping Arcades 1817-1939 (1985), pp.48-9. B. 29.9.33, P.522.

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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.

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