The Corinthian Club stands on the site of the renowned 18th century Virginia Mansion, which was constructed for prominent City Merchant George Buchanan, and was famed as being one of the finest private residences in Glasgow. The location itself is historic and symbolizes the social and commercial development of Glasgow in the 18th and 19th centuries.
The original building was demolished to make way for the Glasgow and Ship Bank, and later the Union Bank of Scotland. In this David Hamilton created one of the city’s most elaborate and richly decorated buildings, both internally and externally. It was extended and embellished over many decades by highly acclaimed architects, artists and artisans, including James Salmon (Snr), John Thomas and James Ballantine.
Converted into judiciary courts, one of the UK’s finest Victorian interiors had many of it’s features hidden from public view behind false walls and ceilings.
Painstakingly restored as The Corinthian. Details such as the Roman Doric pilastrade, elaborate cornicing, 26 foot glass dome, superb sculptural plasterwork and freestanding classical figures were revealed once more.
After being extensively refurbished it opened it’s doors once again as ‘The Corinthian Club’, with the interior design and restoration being undertaken by internationally renowned design firm Graven Images.
The iconic Corinthian dome remains a focal point, located directly above Teller’s Bar and Brasserie, a space which was once the route to the court cells.