Gordon St at Renfield St – 1870

Photo (C1752): Sourced from Virtual Mitchell and reproduced with the kind permission of Glasgow City Archives.

This palazzo-style warehouse building, diagonally opposite Central Station, was constructed around 1855 although the original architect is unknown. By the standards of many of its contemporaries it’s a pretty workaday structure. That might explain why, in 1926, it was altered by Westwood and Emberton for the fashion retailer Austin Reed. The curved marble inset was originally floodlit and intended to give the building a more contemporary appearance. You can decide for yourself whether it was successful or not.

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