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16 Robertson Street, Clyde Navigation Trust

A Category A Listed Building in Glasgow, Glasgow

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.8571 / 55°51'25"N

Longitude: -4.2608 / 4°15'38"W

OS Eastings: 258586

OS Northings: 664963

OS Grid: NS585649

Mapcode National: GBR 0KN.C4

Mapcode Global: WH3P8.J18Q

Entry Name: 16 Robertson Street, Clyde Navigation Trust

Listing Date: 6 July 1966

Category: A

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 376542

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB33113

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Glasgow

County: Glasgow

Town: Glasgow

Electoral Ward: Anderston/City/Yorkhill

Traditional County: Lanarkshire

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Description

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.

Statement of Interest

Illustration in THE ARCHITECT 1888 shows projected

campanile instead of dome finally built. Watercolour by

Jules Lessore. Original section cost $25,000.

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