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Latitude: 55.8602 / 55°51'36"N
Longitude: -4.3037 / 4°18'13"W
OS Eastings: 255914
OS Northings: 665400
OS Grid: NS559654
Mapcode National: GBR 08M.P0
Mapcode Global: WH3P1.VYTW
Entry Name: 577-581 Govan Road, Former Govan Press Buildings
Listing Date: 15 May 1987
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 376960
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB33341
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Govan
Traditional County: Lanarkshire
Frank Stirrat, 1889-90. 4-storey, 5-bay red ashlar-fronted printing works.
Ground floor altered except shouldered arched door. Pilasters rise through 1st and 2nd floors. 1st, 3rd and 5th windows are bipartite with pilaster mullions. Panels between 1st and 2nd floor windows bear masks of Caxton, Guttenberg, Burns, Scott and Mr and Mrs Cossar, dated 1890.
Entablature over 2nd floor. Small 3rd floor windows, 3 bipartite. Parapet with inscription "Press Buildings". Side elevations blank brick. Brick rear has asymmetrical windows. Slate roof. 2 gable-end stacks. "Press Office" mosaic in floor of entrance.
Closed 1983. John Cossar Ltd printed the Govan Chronicle, the Govan Press, the Renfrew Press and the Clydebank Press. John Cossar died soon after the opening of his new building, and from 1890 to 1926 the business was managed by his widow, an important Govanite. Printing sheds at rear demolished.
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