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This building is in the Glasgow, City Of Council and the Glasgow Burgh. It is a category A building and was listed on 06/07/1966.

Group Items: N/A, Group Cat: N/A, Map Ref: NS 5858 6495.


Sir J J Burnet. 1883-6 N section. 1905-8 corner with Broomielaw. Beaux Art Renaissance with fine sculpture by Albert Hodge. 3 tall storeys, basement and attic. Polished granite base, rusticated ashlar to ground and 1st floors, polished above. 1883-6 SECTION: 5 N bays in Robertson Street, round- arched openings to ground, 3 central form main loggia entrance flanked by 2 boldly modelled projecting ships prows, pedimented 1st floor, tetrastyle temple frontispiece above with exotic composite capitals and elaborately sculptured pediment with crowning Neptune set-piece. Mullion and transom 2nd floor windows, taller to centre. 1905-8: 4 bays attached to S gable following 1883-6 designs with imposing circled corner with pilastered drum, dome and crowning cupola. Details similar to earlier block; engaged columns paired at angle with oculus over each 2nd floor window, entablature much high quality sculpture in capitals and bold sculptural decoration at upper levels including figures of Watt, Telford and Henry Bell (commissioned 1907) 2 massive sculptures frame dome (1908). INTERIOR: Exceptionally fine Edwardian interior work in main rooms. Ionic dome detail of loggia continued in entrance hall; at rear tall business hall with engaged Pascal-type banded Doric columns flanking angles, boldly coffered ceiling. Stair: ceramic tiled walls, cast-iron balusters with regular out-flankers (braces) in similar elegant design, screen at 2nd floor (now filled) leading to elaborate 8-bay corridor (off-set at S) with pendentive domes on engaged columns (subtle variation in 2 sections). TRUST HALL: circular meeting hall, domed, 3 windows at street angle, opposite 3 boldly columned bays with nautical details, stencilled decoration; floral swagged plasterwork in dome; stained glass in upper lights. Board Room: tall room in centre of original frontispiece, panelled for approx 10' with embossed paper to upper walls, painted and panelled ceiling; large sliding doors with elaborate hinges to rooms at either end; ship over chimneypiece and original screen (could be raised and lowered); stained glass in upper lights. 2 committee rooms and dining room handsomely detailed, panelled etc. All rooms contain original furnishings. Tall brick flue with corbelled coping.


Illustration in THE ARCHITECT 1888 shows projected campanile instead of dome finally built. Watercolour by Jules Lessore. Original section cost $25,000.


RIBA Fellowship Nomination Papers 29 Nov 1897. Drawings: 1906-8 with Clyde Navigation Trust. Information by courtesy of Buildings of Scotland Research Unit. Beattie, THE NEW SCULPTURE 1983 p 245. Gomme and Walker 1968 p.299.

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