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Latitude: 55.8613 / 55°51'40"N
Longitude: -4.3058 / 4°18'20"W
OS Eastings: 255788
OS Northings: 665525
OS Grid: NS557655
Mapcode National: GBR 08L.7M
Mapcode Global: WH3P1.TYT1
Plus Code: 9C7QVM6V+GM
Entry Name: Napier House, 638-646 Govan Road, Glasgow
Listing Name: 638-646 (Even Nos) Govan Road, 3 Napier Street, Napier House
Listing Date: 15 December 1970
Source: Historic Scotland
Source ID: 376967
Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB33348
Building Class: Cultural
Electoral Ward: Govan
Traditional County: Lanarkshire
W J Anderson, 1898-9. Modern Movement manner 4 and 5- storey, concrete model lodging house with ground floor shops arranged in 4 sections.
Front clad in red ashlar, ground floor shop with polished granite facade.
Elevation to Govan Road: 1st floor: small transomed windows, 2 oriels rise through 2nd and 3rd floors from corbelled balcony, separated by large cross window and smaller recessed windows. Gabled attic dormers and corner finials.
Lower 3-bay section to E has 2 corbelled oriels square at 1st, canted above, rising through 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors. 1st floor mullioned windows with curvilinear heads. Panel between incribed "WO". Corbelled cornice at 3rd floor cill-level. Wallhead stack. This section heightened in 1905 by George Simpson for a telephone exchange. Napier St elevation: 1st floor cross windows, 2nd floor basket arched cross windows, 3rd floor small deeply recessed windows, 4th gabled attic dormers. Small 16th century style Scots windows and panel over stair door. Corbelled chimney breast. 4-bay section to S, concrete
facade on 3 lower floors. Large windows at ground floor. Deeply recessed windows with thick transoms and mullions at 1st and 2nd floors. 4th floor, ashlar (now painted), 4 pedimented windows, 2 segmental, inscribed WO/AD/1898.
Block at rear 3 by 5-bay, concrete facade. Ground and 1st floor separated by plain pilasters, ground floor large windows, 1 bow, and door. 1st and 2nd floors bipartite to W and tripartite to N, small recessed windows at 4th floor. Parapet.
End bay projects at an angle with small windows.
An early concrete floored and walled building without reinforcement. Commissioned by the builder Wm Orr. 5 were killed by the collapse of the top floor during construction. Block at rear 3 by 5-bay, concrete facade, (known as 35 Clydebrae Street), demolished in the mid 1990s.
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