48-54 (EVEN NOS) MILLER STREET, (FORMERLY STIRLING'S LIBRARY) (Ref:32761)
This building is in the Glasgow, City Of Council and the
It is a category A building and was listed on 15/12/1970.
Group Items: N/A,
Group Cat: N/A,
Map Ref: NS 5921 6514.
James Smith, 1863-5, completed after his death by Melvin and Leiper. 3-storey, 7-bay astylar facade to library, in Italian Renaissance design. Cream ashlar with deeply channelled pilasters and outer bays at ground. Wide semi-circular keystoned arches in outer bays (pend at N door with shafted entrance at S), central door and 4 flanking windows, semi-circular, keystoned heads and moulded architraves. Pilastered and bracketted corniced 1st floor windows. Lugged rectangular blind panels in 2nd floor. Entablature over each floor. Main modillion cornice. Scrolled consoles support wallhead stack at centre, with decorative carving. S return, snecked rubble, by pend leading to Virginia Court. REAR: projecting bay to S; 5 remaining bays with stair window flanked by windows at ground and 1st floor. Plate-glass glazing to sash and case windows; small-pane at rear. INTERIOR: library at upper level, galleried with coved ceiling and top lights, all original fittings including bookcases.
Drawings by J Moyr Smith, supervised by Smith. The fittings were by Melvin and Leiper. Stirlings' Library is now housed in the former Royal Exchange, and the earlier building converted to offices, but the Library
hall remains intact.
Information courtesy of Buildings of Scotland Research Unit. BN vol.xii, pp.292, 312, 367.
Gomme and Walker 1987, p.125m, fig.26. Doak (ed) 1977, 82.
GLASGOW HERALD 12th April 1865.
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