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50 Argyle Street – Derelict Bank of Scotland plus more murals

I hadn’t really noticed the murals concealing the ground floor of the building at 50 Argyle Street (extending around into Miller Street) before, but my recent habit of spotting them now we have a deliberate mural trail in Glasgow seems to make be notice them.

50 Argyle Street was built in 1905 and is said to follow an American style (not to mention the Glasgow Style and others) which to my eye seems accurate. It’s an 8 story building described as being built for the Trustees of Mrs Mary Goodson (I have no idea), with the ground floor being occupied by the Bank of Scotland.More recently retail, now unoccupied, as are the floors above.

The building has been unoccupied for some time, derelict, decaying, and now considered to be at risk. Specifically:

27 October 2015: Local planners advise Full Planning Permission and Listed Building Consent for the demolition of the building and erection of a mixed use development are being sought ref: 15/01492/DC & 15/01493/DC. Risk Level raised to High.

Although not immediately evident, it seems the exterior is disintegrating, and a closer look reveals extensive areas of protective mesh have been fixed to retain fractured material and prevent it falling onto the street below.

50 Argyle Street And Miller Street

50 Argyle Street And Miller Street

Closer look at the safety retaining mesh:

50 Argyle Street Mesh

50 Argyle Street Mesh

Rather than go back and try for pics of the murals, I thought I’d play with what I already had, to see if they could be reasonably extracted from the images earlier shots (one other taken of the Argyle Street elevation).

50 Argyle Street Panel 1

50 Argyle Street Panel 1


50 Argyle Street Panel 2

50 Argyle Street Panel 2


50 Argyle Street Panels 3 And 4

50 Argyle Street Panels 3 And 4


50 Argyle Sreet Miller Street Panels

50 Argyle Street Miller Street Panels

Clearer view of Panel 4 – reveals the bear has a fish for dinner.

50 Argyle Street Panel 4

50 Argyle Street Panel 4

Not too bad overall, with the main problem for me being the obscured areas lost to passer-by in front of some areas.

The day wasn’t particularly bright so the higher than desirable ISO setting (for making such small crops) means noise starts to become apparent, but given the minimal processing applied (I didn’t want to spend a lot of time on this exercise), I’m not complaining.

23/10/2017 - Posted by | Civilian, photography | , ,

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