Hatrack

Photo: Alan Crumlish

J. Salmon & Son

1902

Category A Listed

This adventure in Art Nouveau, the most extraordinary Victorian office building in the city, is the closest any building in Scotland comes to the organic ingenuity of the great Barcelona architect, Antoni Gaudi. The predominantly glazed front was required for a building ten storeys high on a very narrow, 100 foot deep plot. In addition to the great bay windows rising up through the facade, there are layers of carved stonework, bulging little balconies and dormers with decorative caps. The composition is fittingly topped off by an octagonal, lead-clad tower whose coat-hook-like embellishments gave the building the nickname by which it is now universally known.