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Latitude: 55.8281 / 55°49'41"N
Longitude: -4.2684 / 4°16'6"W
OS Eastings: 258005
OS Northings: 661761
OS Grid: NS580617
Mapcode National: GBR 0HZ.TJ
Mapcode Global: WH3P8.DRNY
Entry Name: 517 Langside Road, Victoria Infirmary Administration Block
Listing Date: 5 December 1989
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 374339
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB32370
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Langside
Traditional County: Renfrewshire
Campbell Douglas and Sellars, 1889-90. 2-storey, 5-bay Renaissance style administration building with symmetrical, advanced, block to front, advanced square-plan towers to end bays, surmounted by open, ogee-domed cupolas; 3-storey gabled range to rear. Sandstone ashlar to front, squared rubble to rear. Band courses, corniced eaves. Centre 3-bays with moulded, deep-set round-arched openings to ground; entrance door to centre and flanking bi-partite windows with mullioned central columns. paired Ionic columned colonnade at 1st floor; 3 cross window openings behind. Victoria Infirmary royal crest centred above with flanking pilasters: segmental-arched pediment with carved puma in tympanum. Linked to main Victoria Infirmary building at S corner.
Variety of glazing patterns, including some 3-over 2-pane timber sash and case windows to rear; some fixed timber windows and some non-traditional replacement windows. Grey slates, gable stacks.
INTERIOR: (partially seen, 2013). Open well stair with timber balusters and railings: some decorative cornicing.
The 1890 administration block of the Victoria Infirmary is a distinctive Renaissance style building which presents a grand and imposing entrance to the hospital complex. The street elevation of the building has a number of distinguishing classical architectural details including the symmetry of the building, the round-arched windows, the paired columns and the prominent open cupolas. Situated at the western entrance to the hospital, its grand decorative street elevation adds significantly to the surrounding area.
A new hospital for the southern part of Glasgow city was first proposed in 1878, as the population in this part of the city was rising and there was insufficient medical provision. A competition to design the new hospital was won by Campbell Douglas and Sellars of Glasgow. Their plan was for a series of pavilion ward blocks which could be built gradually as money allowed. As a voluntary hospital, building could only advance once sufficient donations had been supplied. Before the advent of the NHS in 1948, many of the larger teaching hospitals relied on donations and legacies to enable them to care for the poor sick. This administration block was one of the first buildings on the site, together with one pavilion to the west and a nurses' home. The hospital gradually expanded during the course of the early 20th century and the last ward block was built in 1927. A new nurses home and a wing for paying patients of limited means, were added to the site in 1935. In the 1960s, a number of other buildings were added, including a laboratory block and a new mortuary.
Campbell Douglas and James Sellars was a Glasgow architectural practice dating from 1871 to 1888/9. They were a very successful practice particularly in the latter part of the 19th centuy. Their projects included commercial works and large public buildings.
List description updated, (2013).
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