Argyll Arcade

(Argyle Arcade)

Designed in the Parisian style in 1827 by John Baird (1798 - 1859), but with a modern entrance (1962), the Argyll Arcade (previously the Argyle Arcade) is an L-shaped street-to-street arcade which links Argyle Street with Buchanan Street. Grade-A listed for its historical and architectural merit, this is said to be one of Europe's oldest covered shopping streets and Scotland's first shopping mall. It is certainly the finest of the five Victorian Arcades remaining in Scotland. Comprising an enclosed walkway, with a glass roof supported on cast-iron trusses, the arcade now incorporates twenty-nine retail outlets, including many of the city's fine jewellers. Architecturally it sets the theme followed, to critical acclaim, in Gardner's Warehouse.

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