This category A-listed building was designed by Glaswegian architect John James Burnet, with its unique French-Renaissance style coming from his time at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris, studying under famous French designer Jean-Louis Pascal. The mansion curves with the road, connecting Sauchiehall Street with St. George’s Road, while it finds its balance in the spire that rises out from the middle of the curve. The figurines perched around and above the centrepiece baroque clock were created by Scottish sculptor William Birnie Rhind.
As the city lurched into the modern age, many of Glasgow’s Victorian buildings did not survive in the wake of the mass development of motorways and modern office blocks. Thankfully the Charing Cross Mansions survived, but the landscape it inhabits is far removed from the one it was designed for, watching over a mesh of constant traffic.