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Telephone Exchange:
Built in the 1930s, architect unknown, though quite probably designed inhouse by the City Corporation department. Currently vacant and derelict this large predominantly red brick building sits isolated on the corner of Centre Street and Cook Street in the Tradeston area of southside area of the city. Constructed with a high quality facing brick, with a coursed ashlar ground floor and ashlar upper floor with numerous ashlar details. The ashlar is blond sandstone, which has become darkly stained over the years. The south and west elevations are the public faces of the building, the east elevation maintains this use of facing brick on its upper exposed level, the north elevation is faced with a less expensive common brick and was originally hidden by a building (since demolished) sited adjoining our building to the north. Six brick piers range down the south elevation punctuated by pairs of windows. Overall the building appears outwardly to be in a fair condition, though numerous broken windows, the ingress of pigeons and occasional graffiti reflects the ongoing neglect. The state of the roof cannot be ascertained, although form the condition and lack of maintenance of the rest of the building it is highly likely the roof is leaking in some form or another. The building is category B-listed.


street address: 243 Centre Street, Glasgow, G5 8ED
Latitude / Longitude: 55.851222,-4.262376 (sourced using Google Maps)




front (west) and south elevations, showing the rectangular plan building with its high quality red facing brick with ashlar detailing, base and upper floor.


front (west) elevation onto Centre Street


the large sealed doorway on the front (west) elevation on Centre Street with doric columns to each side of the wide doorway is quite massive and imposing


elaborate scroll details draped around the oculus windows on the front facade


view looking west down Cook Street of the long south elevation and the shorter east elevation (with huge graffiti letters in white) where the building adjoins the plain white warehouse to the rear


ground floor window detail at the east end of the south elevation


view of the central window bays on the south elevation, each set of windows is flanked by brick pilasters ascending across the floors


smashed glass of the upper windows on the south elevation


more smashed windows along the south facade


west (front) facade and the common brick north elevation with fire escape staircase at the far end. At the front of the north elevation the sloped roofline of the long-gone neighbouring building is still visible.


north elevation, which would have originally been hidden by the long since demolished building which would have stood on the waste ground from where this photograph was taken


north facing and east facing parts on the north elevation




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