Glasgow has a rich architectural heritage and many important buildings such as head offices, hotels, railway stations and public buildings are finished off with sculpture, stained glass, tiles and other decoration. 

Sometimes going unnoticed are quite modest buildings, many outwith the city centre which also feature attractive finishing touches, these additions to local banks, commercial premises and houses weren’t really necessary but they showed a pride in the business or building.


Many local branches of Glasgow banks were richly decorated, the Anderston, and Cowcaddens branches of the Glasgow Savings Bank have some fine examples of sculpture, metalwork and etched glass and the Gorbals branch of the British Linen bank, neglected for many years and currently being renovated has impressive sculptures by an unidentified artist. Govan’s shipbuilding heritage is marked in two buildings on Govan Road, the former Fairfields shipyard head office and the former British Linen Bank, both of which feature ship motifs.

The Finishing Touch: sculpture, metalwork and coats of arms

    • Size: A5 (148 x 210 mm)
    • 28 pages
    • 50 illustrations