Frieze Frame
Frieze Frame
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Here in Glasgow, if you are somewhat overly familiar with the former inside workings of this particular landmark building on Wilson Street in the heart of the Merchant City, then it’s more than likely you may well have been there because someone in blue shouted “Freeze” rather than “Frieze”, and you are now in the dock and being prosecuted.


It originally opened in 1844 as the Glasgow County Buildings.   But when the neighbouring City Chambers opened in 1888, the building became the city’s Sheriff Court. It is wonderfully ornate,  and up there with any of the grandiose structures the Merchant City can boast.  Competition winners William Clarke and George Bell established themselves in Glasgow on the back of this giant building with its Greek-style portico with six columns sitting on a plinth frontage. 


And particularly eye-catching is the stunning street level frieze.  It was built in three sections, one called Trial By Jury, the second International Commerce, and the third Series of Masks.  It is a truly wonderful piece of work, but sadly most likely missed by the thousands of people who daily pass by it and don’t even give it a second thought.  


The building served as the Sheriff Court until the mid-1980s, and it is extremely doubtful any of the criminal fraternity didn’t stop either to further admire the aesthetic qualities of the building as the work of art that it is. But nowadays,  the only criminal thing about it is the exorbitant prices they charge for a meal or a drink, as its now the high-end Citation Taverne & Restaurant


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