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Glasgow, 84-100 Union Street, Egyptian Halls

Shop(S) (19th Century)

Site Name Glasgow, 84-100 Union Street, Egyptian Halls

Classification Shop(S) (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Alexandre; Birthdays; Clydesdale Bank; Evans; Superdrug; Timpson's Shoes

Canmore ID 126676

Site Number NS56NE 226

NGR NS 58861 65264

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


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Administrative Areas

  • Council Glasgow, City Of
  • Parish Glasgow (City Of Glasgow)
  • Former Region Strathclyde
  • Former District City Of Glasgow
  • Former County Lanarkshire

Architecture Notes

ARCHITECT: Alexander 'Greek' Thomson 1870-72.

Site Management (29 October 1997)

Classical with Greek and Egyptian detailing. Symmetrical 4-storey commercial building with modern shops at ground floor, traces of original fascia and shop surrounds; 18 regular bays. Polished ashlar with cast-iron frame. Sash and case windows. 1st floor superimposed antae with richly sculpted brackets before anta pilastrade; 1st floor sculpted, incised cornice. 2nd floor coupled, slim anta pilastrade, rosette frieze, cornice, ante fixae. 3rd floor eaves gallery of squat Assyrian columns, recessed T-pane glazing, rich frieze, modillion cornice, parapet with ante fixae. Built for the iron manufacturer, James Robertson. (Historic Scotland)

Egyptian Halls may go Egyptian on the top storey. But beyond those unpredictable colums are the machine-made metal frames of the windows. Thomson appears to have been an architect whose skills and inventiveness looked forward to the method of mass production of our own day. ( A Gomme & D Walker)


Construction (1870 - 1872)


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