R. Wylie Hill & Co.

M005 R. Wylie Hill & Co.

Address: 20–24, Buchanan Street, Glasgow G1 3LB
Date: 1888–9
Client: R. Wylie Hill & Co.
Authorship: Authorship category 2 (Mackintosh and Office) (Mackintosh and Office)

Photograph of detail of Buchanan Sreet elevation of Wylie Hill's store

This large department store in Glasgow's premier shopping street was built in 1889 for Wylie, Hill Robert. It was damaged by fire in 1903 and reconstructed the following year, when an extra storey was added.

Authorship: The architect in 1888–9 and 1903–4 was John Hutchison, though the design is said to have been largely the work of his chief assistant, Andrew Black. 1 Mackintosh was in the final year of his apprenticeship with Hutchison in 1888–9, and according to the later recollections of a near contemporary in the office, he designed plaster capitals for the interior. 2

Alternative addresses:
39 Argyll Arcade

Status: Standing building

Current name: Nike

Current use: Retail and offices (2014)

Listing category: B

Historic Scotland/HB Number: 32632

RCAHMS Site Number: NS56NE 288

Grid Reference: NS 58992 65135

GPS coordinates: lat = 55.858718, lng = -4.254419   (Map)


1: Dictionary of Scottish Architects, 1840–1980, www.scottisharchitects.org.uk [accessed 16 January 2012].

2: University of Toronto, Robarts Library: notes by Thomas Howarth of an interview with W. J. Blain, 25 February 1946, B2000-0002/041(08).