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National Bank of Scotland Buildings, Buchanan Street & St Vincent Street, Glasgow: unexecuted competition design 1898
DES MACKINTOSH, Charles Rennie; (Scottish; 1868-1928)
ink and wash on paper
60.4 x 91.0
s.d. b.r. "John Honeyman & Keppie / Architects. / 140 BATH STRT / GLASGOW 1898"; inscr. t.r. "No 5."; inscr. b.r. "ST VINCENT STREET ELEVATION"; inscr. b.l. "BUCHANAN STREET ELEVATION"; inscr. t.l. "PROPOSED NATIONAL BANK BUILDINGS GLASGOW. DESIGN DB"
A remarkably conservativ design for its date, the ornate decorative embellishments have the appearance of an afterthought. Only the treatment of the upper storey, with its ogee towers and sinuous carved window mouldings, is characteristic of Mackintosh's more innovative work. A flap on the Buchanan Street frontage opens to reveal an alternative glass frontage.
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