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Watt Brothers, 119 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

A Category B Listed Building in Glasgow, Glasgow

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Latitude: 55.8642 / 55°51'51"N

Longitude: -4.2577 / 4°15'27"W

OS Eastings: 258806

OS Northings: 665755

OS Grid: NS588657

Mapcode National: GBR 0KK.ZL

Mapcode Global: WH3P2.KVRS

Plus Code: 9C7QVP7R+MW

Entry Name: Watt Brothers, 119 Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow

Listing Name: 119-121 (Odd Nos) Sauchiehall Street, Hope Street and Bath Street and Including Arch over Sauchiehall Lane

Listing Date: 21 July 1988

Last Amended: 18 July 2002

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 376702

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB33170

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Glasgow

County: Glasgow

Town: Glasgow

Electoral Ward: Anderston/City/Yorkhill

Traditional County: Lanarkshire

Tagged with: Architectural structure

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2-part offices and department store with linking archway. Materially en suite:

NORTH BUILDING: (NS 5881 6578):

Alec S Heathcote of Manchester, 1914. 4-storey classical corner building, 3- by 8-bays, with podium-effect and with twin Italianate towers to Sauchiehall Street. Lower floors united materially with glass curtain wall to street (display windows) with fluted dividing metal frieze and deep polished granite fascia above 1st floor, creating apparently airy podium for more solid super-structure. 2nd and 3rd floors united in red sandstone ashlar with channelled pilaster strips and giant order piers between floors dividing bays, entablature (mutuled cornice) and blocking course.

N (SAUCHIEHALL STREET) ELEVATION: 3-bay principal elevation. Modern alteration at ground to centre. 2nd and 3rd floors with recessed tripartite window to centre, outer lights blind with stylised capitals to giant order dividing piers, metal bands dividing floors with saltire to centre apron, decorative bronze railings shielding recess. Outer bays rising as pyramidally-roofed corner towers with channelled quoins, narrow windows and carved saltire panels; square towerheads with tripartite windows and blank, panel and sheild aprons; metal roofs and flagpole finials.

E (HOPE STREET) ELEVATION: 8-bay. Ground and 1st floor in continuous bands of display windows with entrances to outer bays. 2nd and 3rd floors with 5 broad windowed bays to centre, flanked by narrow windows, giant order piers dividing (as N elevation), and floors divided by metal band. Ashlar outer bays of masonry, channelled quoins, carved panels. Panelled tablet over centre bay. Outer tower bay to right detailed as N elevation.

Plate glass glazing in metal casement windows. Grey slates, coped brick stacks with cans.

INTERIOR: some decorative cornices and panelled dadoes in situ.

ARCHWAY: linking North and South buildings over Sauchiehall Lane facing Hope Street. Classical red sandstone ashlar monumental semicircular arch, spanning between 2nd and 3rd floors, framed by channelled quoins of adjoining buildings, with keystone and tripartite window to enclosed passage above. Blocking course continuous with North building.

SOUTH BUILDING: (NS 5880 6575): A Graham Henderson (Keppie Henderson), 1929. Art Deco. 4-storeywarehouse, 3 x 5 unequal bays. Polished red ashlar, rusticated in outer bays flanking windows, polished granite ground floor with plate glass shop windows and fascia. Metal casement windows and frieze between floors cast by Walter Macfarlane & Co.

ELEVATION TO BATH STREET: wide central, narrow outer bays with continuous glazing rising to incised frieze and pierced parapet. Central bay shallow canted flanked by quarter round fluted strips, projecting eaves cornice.

ELEVATION TO HOPE STREET: similar detailing, 3 wide central bays divided by incised piers; narrow outer bays with bipartite glazing set in cavetto recesses.

INTERIOR: timber-lined walls. Coffered, corniced ceilings. Wrought-iron double-lift shaft.

Statement of Interest

The Watt Brothers building, comprising offices and department store and arch over Sauchiehall Lane.

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