Originally constructed in 1928 by C J McNair, 143 Oxford Street is one of the few surviving early buildings of Laurieston’s rapidly changing urban landscape. The former drapery warehouse is a testament to early 20th century construction methods, featuring a coursed ashlar Art-Deco front elevation, well proportioned pilasters and deep cornice. Currently the upper stories are abandoned, with only the ground floor inhabited by a local shop-owner named Abdul, who has lived around the Gorbals for the past 18 years. There are rumours of that the warehouse was once inhabited by Franz Ferdinand studio and other Art collectives, however that is now a distant memory.
However what struck us about the building was not it’s beautiful street elevation, rather it’s unusual side and rear elevations. Upon further inspection you witness the two storey concrete extension to the top, completed in 1937 by Whyte, Galloway & Nicol. Furthermore, as you analyse all four elevations, it becomes clear this building is a conglomerate, merging ashlar, brick and concrete components. In-fact, upon studying the locale we discovered that this was emblematic of the entire area.