Glasgow House


City of Albany

Place Number



56-58 Stirling Tce Albany

Location Details

Local Government



Great Southern

Construction Date

Constructed from 1882

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management
Classified by the National Trust Recorded 04 Apr 1977
Municipal Inventory Adopted 30 Jun 2001 Category B

Statement of Significance

This is one of a large number of important heritage buildings in Stirling Terrace. Stirling Terrace is one of the significant Local Heritage Areas int he City of Albany. Glasgow House has a similar scale to the next-door Edinburgh House. This pair od buildings were built for Alexander Moir in the 1880's.

Physical Description

Two storey building Set in a group of similar scale buildings Classical regency design features such as roof concealed by parapet with decorative motifs, elegant plainness, smooth textured walling Projected quoin moulding around arched windows set in straight lines with carefully balanced proportions Quoins also on both sides of the upper facade String course defining rectangular masses Cantilevered box verandah


The adjoining two buildings of Glasgow House and Edinburgh House were built for Alexander Moir in 1882. Prior to these buildings there had been a row of single storey cottages accommodating a boot maker, baker and tailor among other tradesmen. Alexander Moir died in 1893, knowing his son John Moir had taken over the reins as head of the Moir Merchant business. His headquarters were situated in Glasgow House while a chemist was situated in Edinburgh House. In late 1911 Glasgow House appears to have been leased to Edward Barnet & Co for use by the store's boot department. A number of improvements were carried out to the building at this time, including the erection of a new shopfront at the ground floor level. This comprised the construction of two new entrances and three display window cases. A single storey verandah was also added at this time In more recent times the verandah was removed and replaced with an awning, and the entire ground floor was modified so that that none of the existing elements are original fabric. Stirling Terrace is one of the City of Albany's most significant heritage assets, both as streetscape and as a collection of Victorian and Federation period buildings overlooking Princess Royal Harbour. Stirling Terrace is located in visually striking topography and its segmented crescent plan form remains basically as it was when first recorded by Surveyor Hillman in 1835. The mature trees and the harmonious architectural composition of diverse building types and styles provide additional visual interest. Stirling Terrace was developed from the 1830s following the establishment of Albany as part of the Swan River colony, and was an important part of the development of the region and the State to varying degrees from the 1830s until World War One. The 1835 Hillman survey plan set the scene for the emergence of Stirling Terrace as the prime location in the town, with a rich variety of social, commercial, leisure, institutional and service functions. The majority of the built fabric which remains today was completed in the period 1867 to 1915. The buildings were designed by some of the State's most eminent architects and many were built for prominent citizens and institutions. Over the years the commercial focus of Albany has moved to York Street, with many institutions, such as banks and the post office relocating there. Free of substantial development pressure at a critical time, Stirling Terrace has managed to retain many of its historic structures and features. Viewed from the harbour, and from the western approach to the town, Stirling Terrace has a landmark quality as a whole.


Integrity: High Modifications: Lower storey shop fronts Removal of 1911 verandah




Ref ID No Ref Name Ref Source Ref Date
R Apperly, R Irving & R Reynolds; "A Pictorial Guide to Identifying Australian Architecture ". Angus and Bobertson NSW 1989
Heritage TODAY Site visit and Assessment 1999
L Johnson; "Town of Albany Heritage Survey". City of Albany 1994
K Bizzaca; "Stirling Terrace, Albany, Draft Conservation Plan". Considine & Griffiths Architects 2000

State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
5038 Stirling Terrace, Albany : conservation plan. March 2001. Heritage Study {Cons'n Plan} 2001
7665 Design parameters for Stirling Terrace heritage areas. Heritage Study {Other} 2000

Place Type

Individual Building or Group


Epoch General Specific
Present Use COMMERCIAL Other
Original Use COMMERCIAL Other

Architectural Styles

Victorian Regency

Historic Themes

General Specific
OCCUPATIONS Commercial & service industries

Creation Date

27 Jun 1988

Publish place record online (inHerit):


Last Update

01 Jan 2017


This information is provided voluntarily as a public service. The information provided is made available in good faith and is derived from sources believed to be reliable and accurate. However, the information is provided solely on the basis that readers will be responsible for making their own assessment of the matters discussed herein and are advised to verify all relevant representations, statements and information.