Nicholas Street looking east to High Street
530mm x 355mm
Biro, acrylic and Indian ink on collage of recycled envelopes and tea-bags
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Nicholas Street has been inhabited since mediaeval times and is the same width today as it was in the middle ages. Nicholas Street and Shuttle Street form two of the sides of the old Greyfriars Wynd which led to the 15th century Franciscan Friary nearby. Franciscans wore grey habits and were popularly known as the Grey Friars.
The main building on the right of the image is the rear elevation of 215 Hope Street, former British Linen Banks building. The building, dated 1895, is still liveried with Robert Bell fruit merchant on the ground floor facing East onto High Street, and is currently being used by Civic Room, a London/Glasgow artist-led organization, as a gallery. The upper two floors are currently occupied and comprise of residential accommodation.
A highly detailed red sandstone building, with a wooden turret on the north-east corner, a statue overlooking the front (east) High Street facade, and down the north elevation the building steps down to a single-storey, then back up to a two-storey west end of the structure. Overall, it is a unique, decorative and detailed small building now sitting isolated on High Street
It is a category B listed building listed on the British Listed Buildings site here
It is also listed on the Buildings at Risk Register for Scotland here