Beresford Building

Photo: Alan Crumlish

William Beresford Inglis


Category B Listed

The Beresford’s architect-owner, W. Beresford Inglis, drew on his experience as a cinema architect to create one of the largest and most striking buildings of its era in Scotland as a hotel for visitors to the Empire Exhibition of 1938. Its drum towers, surmounted by flagpoles and the central fins, rising above the roofline, are the most dramatic elements in the composition, alongside more subtle Art Deco motifs like the thin corner canopies, fluting and stripe patterning. Now flats (along with a Deco style bar) this remains among the boldest survivors from an era characterised by architectural invention and delight.