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Latitude: 55.8589 / 55°51'32"N
Longitude: -4.2494 / 4°14'57"W
OS Eastings: 259306
OS Northings: 665149
OS Grid: NS593651
Mapcode National: GBR 0MM.NG
Mapcode Global: WH3P2.PZPV
Plus Code: 9C7QVQ52+H6
Entry Name: Scottish Legal Life Building, 76-84 Wilson Street, Glasgow
Listing Name: 76-84 (Even Nos) Wilson Street with 58-68 (Even Nos) Virginia Street
Listing Date: 15 December 1970
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 375739
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB32809
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Anderston/City/Yorkhill
Traditional County: Lanarkshire
Tagged with: Building
Alexander Skirving, 1889. 4-storey Renaissance
commercial building with domed pavilions to S corners.
Red sandstone ashlar with polished granite base course;
moulded channelling to ground floor; dentilled cornice
at ground, plain 1st floor cornice and main cornice.
S (WILSON STREET) ELEVATION: 11-bay with tripartite corner
feature (see below). Entrance at centre with polished
granite Corinthian columns, keystoned lintel, ornamental
frieze, modillioned cornice with crowning anthemions;
2-leaf panelled door. Subsidiary doorway in penultimate
bay to right, with consoled and corniced doorpiece with
Thomsonesque pediment. Windows in remaining bays.
"The Scottish Legal Life Assurance Society" carved on
frieze. 9 windows to each floor in 2-storey round-arched
arcade at 1st and 2nd floor, with fluted Ionic columns,
masque keystones and carved spandrels; outer bays
flanked by channelled pilaster; Thomsonesque detailed
pediments to 1st floor windows, and to aedicule at
centre; paterae in frieze. 3rd floor windows with
pilastered ingoes; shell ornaments above centre and
outer bays. Lion and unicorn armorial breaking coped
parapet at centre. Domed pavilion to outer right bay
(SE), with fluted columns, pilasters and anthemioned
CORNER (SW): tripartite; chamfered at ground with
pilastered jambs; bowed above from 1st and 4th
pavilioned floor, pilastered to 1st and 2nd floors, with
"Scottish Legal Buildings" incised on frieze. Copper
cupola with ball finial and Baroque oculus; bowed
centrepiece flanked by columned and pilastered
W (VIRGINIA STREET) ELEVATION: 10-bay. Simplification of
Wilson Street elevation with broad pediment over central
REAR ELEVATION: line of former attached building evident
with yellow bricks above; red brick classical warehouse
adjoined at ground.
Plate-glass glazing pattern to sash and case windows
predominating, with some small-pane to arched windows
and some 2-pane lower panels.
Important pioneer as earliest design in red sandstone
for such a large commercial edifice. Distinct
references to Alexander Thomson motifs. Possibly raised
soon after construction, Dean of Guild petition shows
building 1-storey lower with a pointed dome also does
not show N section of Virginia Street, but no subsequent
petitions have been found and it may be that there was
a variation to the scheme in the course of construction
for which either no permission was granted or the
records have been misplaced.
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