Charing Cross Mansions

Photo:

J.J. Burnet

1891

Category A Listed

Glasgow’s most flamboyant tenement vividly displays its architect’s Paris training. In the late 19th century many wealthier architects attended the Ecole des Beaux Arts as a sort of architectural finishing school. The building draws its inspiration from one of the most prominent Parisian monuments, the Hôtel de Ville, originally built in 1530 and rebuilt in 1888, when Burnet was putting pencil to paper for this prominently sited mansion-flat development. The flanking pavilions are bay-windowed and frame the florid centrepiece with its clock, statuary and cupola-topped tower. Like everything else in this design, the roof dormers are very much in the French style.