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This building is in the Glasgow Council and the Glasgow Burgh. It is a category A building and was listed on 15/12/1970.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NS 5892 6523.


John Keppie and Charles Rennie Mackintosh (Honeyman and Keppie), 1893-5. Glasgow style. 6 storeys, 10 asymmetrical bays with 10-storey tower at NW angle. Polished ashlar commercial building with Art Nouveau details. Octagonal corner tower with pilasters and Art Nouveau doorpiece flanked by 2 arched windows with stylised keystones. 3 windows to each floor; 1st, 2nd, and 3rd single; bipartite with glazed tympanum 4th; 2 single windows 5th, 3 in 6th, corbelled 7th storey blank with curvilinear decoration; small pilastered windows 8th; gallery and set-back, round-arched windows 9th with oversailing bellcast lead roof.

Elevation to Mitchell Street: 1-2-14-1 bays. Ground floor loading bays divided by piers; narrow entrance; 3 round-arched southern bays with modern infill and additional loading bays. Upper floors repeating main detailing.


After lying vacant for many years the building was transformed into "The Lighthouse" - Scotland's Centre for Architecture, Design and the City, with a modern extension by Page & Park to the rear. The refurbished building contains a permanent Mackintosh Interpretation Centre and was opened to the public in July 1999.


Howarth, Mackintosh, 2nd ed 1977, p. 60-3, Doak (ed) 1977 No 141; Gomme and Walker, 1968 pp 198, 220, 292. Glasgow City Archives D of G - plans only, no elevations in the record. Missing drawings located in the Frank Worsdall collection, Ref. B136.

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