RESTORATION Work Carried Out On Glasgow Building’s Historic Lift

16 January, 2021 | Listed / Historic Buildings

ONE of the UK’s oldest lifts — located in Glasgow’s Argyle Street — has been given a £30,000 makeover.

The lift serves 146 Argyle Street which was originally a warehouse built in 1903 by architect Horatio K Bromhead on behalf of Stewart & McDonald.

Today it services the occupants of seven commercial premises located over six floors.

The most striking and highly-prized feature is the intricate detailed brass ironwork which encases the lift shaft

The refurbishment was arranged by factor Park Property Management, who look after the building and were keen to ensure the lift retains its period charm for as long as possible.

The work included specialist restoration of the internal mechanism.

Concierge Donald Lambie said: “It’s been over 20 years since any work was undertaken on the lift but amazingly it has always been very reliable.

“It really is of historical significance and the building itself has been listed because of the importance of the lift.

“I’m always kept busy in the summer with tourists who come in to see and photograph the lift, alongside the original tiling and, of course, the entrance which is also striking with its two famous Titan men who look like they are holding up the building.”

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