Basic Site Details

Name: Gartsherrie Offices
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Status: B listed
Grid ref:
Notes: THE GARTSHERRIE OFFICES.—This handsome new building, the property of Messrs William Baird and Company, the well-known iron-masters is now nearly finished, it is built at the north-west corner of Hope Street and West George Street, and has a frontage of 90 feet to the former and of 47 feet to the latter street. The building covers the whole ground, and consists of three floors above the street and a basement floor. The ground floor which is entered from centre of front to West George Street, will be occupied by the Company, and the first and second floors as separate business chambers, the entrance to them being in centre of front to Hope Street. These offices and chambers have been provided with several fireproof chambers constructed of solid masonry, having each fire-resisting doors on a new principle by Messrs Thomas Perry and Son, of Staffordshire. The floors over the Company's offices are constructed with brick arches on iron girders, so that should fire occur it will be confined to the floor in which it originated. The bulldogs will be heated by " Sylvester's Patent Gill Air-warmer." The elevation is in many respects like to the new warehouses noticed above, but much plainer, the rustication is here only in horizontal channels, the first-floor windows have lost their carved frieze as also the entablature, and the main cornice the dentils, which are the more missed, the modillions being here also carved. The estimated cost of the whole work is about £6,000. The contractors are: mason, Mr Alexander Broom; joiners, Messrs Hunter and Marshall: slaters, Messrs A and D Mackay; plumber, Mr John Rattray; plasterer, Mr D Smith, all of Glasgow.

Building Type Classification

The building is classified under the following categories:
 ClassificationOriginal classification?Notes
Item 1 of 1Commercial premises  

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 2175, Hope StreetYesNW corner
Item 2 of 2166-168, West George StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 11860 Build/construction 


Design and Construction

The following individuals or organisations have carried out design/construction work. Where architects or practices worked together, matching letters appear beside their names in the Partnership Group column.
 NameRolePartnership GroupFromToNotes
Item 1 of 3Baird & ThomsonArchitectural practiceA1859(?)1860 
Item 2 of 3James ThomsonArchitectA1859(?)1860 
Item 3 of 3John Baird 'Primus' (John Baird I)ArchitectA1859 * Completed shortly after Baird's death

* earliest date known from documented sources.


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 1William Baird and Company 


Periodical References

The following periodicals contain references to this building:
 Periodical NameDateEditionPublisherNotes
Item 1 of 1Building News18 May 1860  p403

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 1Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register33244