Laurieston House, Glasgow
This magnificent 'A' listed house has one of the most ornate Georgian town house interiors in the UK. Designed by Peter Nicholson it was built for James Laurie as his own house within his wider Laurieston development which formed part of the Glasgow's first expansion south of the river Clyde.
The Glasgow edition of Pevsner states that inside the house was ‘ the most handsome domestic interior of its date in Glasgow' and it is believed that the plasterwork was undertaken by Glasgow sculptor Francisco Bernasconi, whose work is often seen in Nicholson designed houses. The plasterwork is inspired by classical mythology and especially the recent excavations at Pompeii and Herculaneum.
SBPT purchased the building from Strathclyde Regional Council in 1988 and between 1988 and 2005 the Trust managed work totalling £1.6 million. The works began with vital wind and weatherproofing which was followed up with 2 phases of repairs including stabilising foundations, rebuilding the rear wall and roof of the house, repair and replacement of windows and repairing the channelled ashlar work to the front elevation.
Support for the project came from Strathclyde Regional Council, Glasgow City Council, The Scottish Development Agency, Historic Scotland, Scottish Enterprise in Glasgow and a wide range of small donors.
Following the successful completion of the second phase of work the building was sold to a private company who plan to fit it out for use as their corporate headquarters.
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