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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 58893 65510
  • Coordinates258893, 665510


Wm Leiper, 1889-94. Francois Ier style commercial building on

corner site, sculpture by Birnie Rhind. 4 storeys, double

attic. 3 x 3 main bays with wide, canted corner bay. Modern

shops in S bays in Renfield Street. Polished red ashlar. All

windows sash and case in architraves, some with stone mullion

and transomes, some arched. Multi-pane glazing.

Entry at 42 Renfield Street in canted angle, flanked by

semi-engaged columns, with fanlight and iron grille; corner

bay with angle piers, corbelled out on sculpted heads;

variety of elaborately detailed windows in 1st to 5th floors;

bold sculpted frieze over 1st, heads set in wreaths 2nd and

4th; main cornice over 3rd; decorative dome and cupola.

W ELEVATION TO RENFIELD STREET: equally decorative with

advanced 2-bay section rising through 2nd and 3rd floors with

pilasters and columns, open scrolled pediment with

Michaelangelesque figure group, solid parapet to each floor

corbelled out on sculpted brackets, 5th floor windows

elaborately pedimented, some as dormers; double attic with

pedimented gable in S bay.

ELEVATION TO WEST GEORGE STREET: 2 unequal pedimented gables;

detailing throughout related to Renfield Street. 1 decorated

bay on return to West George Lane.

INTERIOR: Marble-lined walls. Columned chimneypiece (by

Rhind) with sculpted figure relief; open scrolled, broken

pediment. Carved door architraves with relief panels above,

timber enclosed office with carved clock. Panelled marble

frieze. Coffered ceiling.

Statement of Special Interest

Upgraded B to A 21.7.88



Gomme and Walker, 1968 pp 226, 298. Doak (ed) 1977, no 121.

Information by courtesy of the Buildings of Scotland Research

Unit. S R Archives, D of G, 1/1980.

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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.

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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