Alterations to Miss Cranston's Lunch and Tea Rooms, Buchanan Street

M219 Alterations to Miss Cranston's Lunch and Tea Rooms, Buchanan Street

Address: 91–93, Buchanan Street, Glasgow G1 3HF
Date: 1903
Client: Miss Catherine (Kate) Cranston
Authorship: Authorship category 1 (Mackintosh) (Mackintosh)

The work carried out for Miss Catherine (Kate) Cranston was minor, consisting of redecoration and new stays for the windows. Included within the tenders is a reference to a 'balcony for King's visit'. Edward VII and Queen Alexandra visited Glasgow on 14 May 1903 to lay the foundation stone for the Glasgow & West of Scotland Technical College's new building. 1

Authorship: The job book entry is entirely in Mackintosh's hand and from 1898 on Miss Cranston had given him all of her important commissions. In 1896–7 he had designed murals for her Buchanan Street premises, which had been designed by George Washington Browne with interiors by George Walton. 2 The 1903 alterations were carried out concurrently with the remodelling of 217 Sauchiehall Street for the Willow Tea Rooms.

Cost from office job book: £184 19s 0d

Status: Standing building; interiors altered

Current use: Retail and offices (2014)

Listing category: A: Listed as '91 Buchanan Street'

Historic Scotland/HB Number: 32998

RCAHMS Site Number: NS56NE 211

Grid Reference: NS 58977 65269

GPS coordinates: lat = 55.859916, lng = -4.254728   (Map)


1: Glasgow City Archives Collection: Proclamation of the visit of the King and Queen, 14 May 1903, D-TC 6/581/12.

2: For more information on the 1896–7 work, see Roger Billcliffe, Charles Rennie Mackintosh: The Complete Furniture, Furniture Drawings and Interior Designs, Moffat, Dumfriesshire: Cameron & Hollis, 4th edn, 2009, pp. 39–43.