Basic Site Details

Name: F & J Smith Furniture Warehouse
City or county: Glasgow
Country: Scotland
Status: A listed
Grid ref:
Notes: Cost £11,000 in 1872. Also workshops costing £1,042.

The building was gutted by fire in 1987; the shell survives, with the façade to Union Street lengthened to the same design over the site of the Gillespie Kidd & Coia addition.

Alternative Names

The following alternative names are associated with this building/design:
 NameCurrent name?Notes
Item 1 of 1Ca d'Oro BuildingYes 

Building Type Classification

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

Street Addresses

The following street addresses are associated with this building:
 AddressMain entrance?Notes
Item 1 of 241-55, Gordon StreetYes 
Item 2 of 2120-136, Union StreetYes 


The following date-based events are associated with this building:
 FromToEvent typeNotes
Item 1 of 61872  Original building
Item 2 of 619261929 Extension (on Union Street) and insertion of restaurant
Item 3 of 61929 Design exhibitedExtension (on Union Street) and insertion of restaurant
Item 4 of 61930 Design exhibitedDesign for ballroom
Item 5 of 61987  Gutted by fire. Interior replaced with shops round atrium.
Item 6 of 61990 Won award or awardsEuropa Nostra Commendation. Scottish Civic Trust 1990 Glasgow Award Scheme, Diploma of Excellence.


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 10Alexander Buchanan CampbellArchitectD  Date at which involved is not given in handlist or in CANMORE
Item 2 of 10John HoneymanArchitectA1873 Original building
Item 3 of 10Robert McConnellIronfounderA1873 Patented beams for John Honeyman's original building
Item 4 of 10Gillespie & KiddArchitectural practiceB19261927Extension (on Union Street) and insertion of restaurant and ballroom (firm changed to Gillespie Kidd and Coia in course of construction)
Item 5 of 10Jack Antonio CoiaArchitectB19261929Extension (on Union Street) (including ballroom); also ballroom.
Item 6 of 10John Gaff GillespieArchitectB19261926Extension (on Union Street) and insertion of restaurant; also ballroom. Died at design stage, but firm completed work.
Item 7 of 10William Alexander KiddArchitectB19261928Extension (on Union Street) and insertion of restaurant; also ballroom
Item 8 of 10Gillespie Kidd & CoiaArchitectural practiceB19291929Extension (on Union Street) and insertion of restaurant and ballroom (firm changed from Gillespie & Kidd to Gillespie Kidd & Coia in course of construction)
Item 9 of 10David Robertson CollinArchitectJ1987 Interior burnt and replaced with shops and offices round atrium - as senior architect with Scott Brownrigg & Turner
Item 10 of 10Scott, Brownrigg & TurnerArchitectural practiceJ19871989Interior burnt out in 1987 and replaced with shops round atrium and offices


The following individuals or organisations have commissioned work on this building/design:
Item 1 of 2CISClient for restoration and conversion to shops and offices
Item 2 of 2Smith, F & J 


Bibliographic References

The following books contain references to this building:
Item 1 of 5Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts1929   213
Item 2 of 5Royal Glasgow Institute of the Fine Arts1930   705, 708
Item 3 of 5Stamp, Gavin and Taylor, Joe1994Executed buildings by Gillespie Kidd & Coia (list compiled from surviving office records) MacJournal One 
Item 4 of 5Stark, David2004Charles Rennie Mackintosh and Co., 1854 to 2004 Glasgow: Stenlake Publishing Ltdpp177-8
Item 5 of 5Williamson, Riches, Higgs1990Glasgow (The Buildings of Scotland)  p226

Archive References

The following archives hold material relating to this building:
 SourceArchive nameSource catalogue no.Notes
Item 1 of 5Courtesy of David CollinInformation sent to Dictionary Sent May 2013
Item 2 of 5Historic Environment ScotlandListed Buildings Register33209122-136 (Even Nos) Union Street and 41-55 (Odd Nos) Gordon Street and Union PLace, Cad'oro Building
Item 3 of 5Hunterian MuseumMackintosh Collection Job book
Item 4 of 5Keppie Design (David Stark)Database of jobs by Honeyman and Keppie No 151
Item 5 of 5NMRSA Buchanan Campbell CollectionBUC 1920/1/1-2Alterations by Gillespie Kidd & Coia - extension and alterations to 4th floor buffet etc.