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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.

42 MILLER STREETReference: LB32760

Status: Designated


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  • Category: A
  • Date Added: 15/12/1970
  • Supplementary Information Updated: 18/11/1992


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

National Grid Reference

  • NGRNS 59212 65125
  • Coordinates259212, 665125


John Craig, wright, 1775; restored by McGurn, Logan, Duncan & Opfer, 1994-5. Simplified Palladian 2-storey and attic, 5-bay town house. Ashlar front with base course, rusticated quoins and modillion cornice, rubble side elevation, harled rear. 3 central bays slightly advanced, with pediment bearing oculus. Fluted Corinthian pilasters to pedimented doorpiece. Short flight of steps to panelled 2-leaf doors set in cavetto reveals. All windows in architraves, ground floor corniced. 12-pane glazing pattern to timber sash and case windows. Basement windows flanking centre bay with cage grills. Grey slate roof with cast-iron rooflights. Corniced ashlar gablehead stacks. Decorative urns to pediment and quoins.

Passage to Virginia Court at left listed separately. Projecting piend-roofed stairtower off-centre right at rear.

Statement of Special Interest

Important surviving example of 18th century mansions which graced the Merchant City. The pediment was possibly intended for sculptural adornment. Built by Craig for himself. The restoration initiated by the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust saw the removal of paint from the masonry, and the late 19th century mansard and plate glass windows replaced with more original forms. It is now known as The Tobacco Merchants House.

Upgraded B to A November 1992.



Gomme and Walker Architecture of Glasgow (1987), p.50, fig.26. Doak (ed) Glasgow at a Glance, No16. Sketch dated 1885, ?House in Miller Street?. Williamson, Riches and Higgs, Buildings of Scotland: Glasgow (1990), p.184.

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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.

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