The Buck’s Head
The Buck’s Head
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It’s Christmas time, and the decorations are out – and on Argyle Street, outside of Debenhams (formerly the site of Lewis’, my Christmas childhood favourite store), I don’t know whether there’s a sense of irony or not going on with the antlers of the Reindeer festive street decoration being strategically placed, almost as if framing the signage of The Buck’s Head Buildings.


Designed by famous Glaswegian architect Alexander “Greek” Thomson in 1862, the building gets its rather odd name from the deer statue that adorns the top, created by one of the city’s best known sculptors, John Mossman. It’s widely believed they decided to name it after the famous old Glasgow pub The Buck’s Head Inn, which stood in the same spot from 1757 to the current building being erected.


The curved corner building is unique among Thomson’s work; it is the only time he used a combination of elevated iron columns with a trabeated façade. The external supports appear to be largely structural rather than ornamental. The Buck’s Head has been home to many a shop and store. While it original housed The Glasgow & London Clothing Company, the bottom retail unit is now currently occupied by the American Candy Co.


Leica M6 Classic & 2/35mm Summicron pre-asph v4

Ilford FP4+ (200)

HC-110 (Dil. B – 12 min)

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