Scottish Legal Assurance Society

Photo: Alan Crumlish

E.G. Wylie

1927

Category B Listed

American classical on a massive scale, a whole block wide, this competition-winning design brings downtown Chicago to central Glasgow. On each elevation the U.S. style reinterpretation of the classical temple is on bold display. Whereas ancient Greek temples had freestanding columns rising from a base, here the plinth is both the ground and first floors and the columns are bold verticals in a long row across the facade. This style of building, which originated with the elevator, was very popular in central Glasgow, with many office buildings and warehouses following the same formula. However, its sheer size marks this building as unique.