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Glasgow, 179 Buchanan Street, Athenaeum Theatre

Theatre (19th Century)

Site Name Glasgow, 179 Buchanan Street, Athenaeum Theatre

Classification Theatre (19th Century)

Alternative Name(s) Nelson Mandela Place; 60 West George Street; Burnet Theatre; St George's Place; Athenaeum Club; Royal Scottish Academy Of Music

Canmore ID 130259

Site Number NS56NE 230

NGR NS 59037 65562

Datum OSGB36 - NGR


Ordnance Survey licence number 100057073. All rights reserved.
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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

NS56NE 230 59037 65562


Architect: John James Burnet, 1891-93, backing onto and extending his earlier building of 1866 at 60 West George Street, for which see NS56NE 579.

(Undated) information in NMRS.


Standing Building Recording (April 2007 - June 2007)

NS 5903 6556 The Athenaeum Theatre was built by the noted Glasgow practice of John Burnet, Son & Campbell

between 1891-3. The building was given Category A listing in 1966 and sits in the Glasgow Central Outstanding Conservation Area. Internally the building has been considerably altered, with interior decoration only surviving in the auditorium space. The proposed redevelopment of the theatre into a retail unit required the removal of the gallery area of the former auditorium at ground floor level and the relocation of the hat-check area at

entresol level. Two separate visits were undertaken in April and June 2007 to record the raked flooring and hat-check area, prior to and during their removal. A plan and cross-section of the raked flooring were produced and a photographic survey undertaken. In addition, details of the construction and phasing of the raked

floor were noted and a full written description produced. An elevation drawing of the counter area of the hat-check was also produced, supported by a photographic survey.

Archive to be deposited with RCAHMS. Report to be deposited with WoSAS SMR and RCAHMS.

Funder: Cairnduff Developments.


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