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28-40 (Even Nos) Union Street

A Category B Listed Building in Glasgow, Glasgow

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.8589 / 55°51'31"N

Longitude: -4.2565 / 4°15'23"W

OS Eastings: 258862

OS Northings: 665157

OS Grid: NS588651

Mapcode National: GBR 0LM.7H

Mapcode Global: WH3P2.LZ9W

Entry Name: 28-40 (Even Nos) Union Street

Listing Date: 19 July 2004

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 397591

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB49900

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Glasgow

County: Glasgow

Town: Glasgow

Electoral Ward: Anderston/City/Yorkhill

Traditional County: Lanarkshire

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Description

Whyte & Galloway, 1929-31. 5-storey 3-bay L-plan Art Deco former tea room, restaurant and shop (now only shop). Sandstone ashlar to street elevation, predominantly red brick to rear and sides. Ground floor cornice. Steel casement windows with margined panes and deep panelled metal band couse dividing 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors.

W (STREET) ELEVATION: modern shop front at ground. From 1st floor to 3rd floor, slightly advanced shallow canted bay window section flanked by stylised pilasters. Recessed tripartite window separated by pair of stylised foliate mullions at 4th floor (attic style), surmounted by block pediment. At outer bays bipartite windows, recessed with stone mullions.

E ELEVATION: 6-bay, 5-storey to bays 1-2, 6-storey to bays 3-6. Large off-centre area of later brick infill.

N & S ELEVATIONS: masked by adjoining buildings.

INTERIOR: somewhat altered but near-intact Art Deco decoration survives in rooms on 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors. Some timber dado panelling to staircases, some with tensioned metal wire panels. Large timber panels to stairways, some now with mirrors. 1st floor: sectioned ceiling with original plasterwork, including shallow flora motif. 2nd floor: sectioned ceiling with wall pilasters at sections. Between, large panels now obscured by shop display. Simple geometric diamond pattern plasterwork to ceiling and wall panels. 3rd floor: impressive curved 2-leaf pedimented entrance doorway flanked by triple light stained glass screen of highly stylised organic design. Sectioned combed ceiling with shallow Grecian-style pilasters at sections. Between, large panels now obscured by shop display. Shallow 'Jazz-age' plasterwork to ceiling and wall panels. Elsewhere, some timber doors with simple stepped design.

Predominantly original metal-framed casement windows, those to street elevation margined. Flagpole to centre of W elevation.

Statement of Interest

Built for Messrs R A Peacock & Son Ltd and known as the 'Georgic Restaurant', this building is a good, late example of Glasgow's tea room tradition. It forms a strong streetscape feature in Union Street. Dean of Guild Plans show the planned layout of the restaurant from the basement upwards as: Smoke Room, Shop, Tea Room, Restaurant, Reception Room, and a Kitchen on the 4th floor.

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