City Engineer (1912-13)
Built for the wealthy art collector Archibald McLellan to create a public gallery space on Sauchiehall Street, this grand edifice in the style of a Renaissance palazzo is markedly different to the later extension at the rear, where you can see a series of carved wreaths showing St Mungo (pictured) and the Glasgow City crest. When McLellan died his will bequeathed his gallery and vast art collection to the nation, but sadly his finances we not as splendid as the facade. In what was a controversial move at the time, the Council decided to buy the building and gallery for a nominal sum, so that McLellan’s legacy could be fulfilled.
Albany Chambers 528-34 Sauchiehall Street
Statue of Britannia and Associated Armorial Reliefs
Sculptor: Unknown (1896-9)
A very British theme dominates Albany Chambers, with a larger-than-life Britannia armed with a trident standing tall over a selection of shields bearing lions. The building was erected in 1897, in commemoration of Victoria’s Diamond Jubilee.
520 Sauchiehall Street
Allegorical Figure of Harmony, and Colossal Bust of Beethoven
Sculptor: James Alexander Ewing (1903-4)
The building was originally designed as a piano and organ warehouse, hence the reference to musical harmony invoked by an angel with two pipes.
Royal Highland Fusiliers Museum 518 Sauchiehall Street
Sculptor: McGilvray & Ferris (1903-4)
Two seated figures strike poses referencing characters on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. The premises originally belonged to T. & R. Annan & Sons, fine-art dealers. Amongst other things, the son James was known for his photography skills; one of his portrait subjects was Charles Rennie Mackintosh.
Bank of Scotland 235 Sauchiehall Street
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