The Parable of the
wise and foolish virgins is carved in stone on the pediment of
Standard Life Investments' Head Office at 1 George Street, built
1897-1901. This pediment was transferred from an earlier building owned
by the company on the same site, built 1839.
The same Parable
was later illustrated as a bronze relief along the top of the
'infill' building that connects:
- Standard Life's 1897-1901 building
on the corner of George Street and St Andrew Square and
- the Renaissance-style building,
built for the Royal Insurance Company in 1898.
This 'infill' building was given a new frontage in 1975, designed by
Michael Laird & Partners. The frontage includes sloping
windows at ground floor level and the bronze relief along the top of
the building, comprising a
magic square, five wise virgins and five foolish virgins.
presumably a connection to be made between the Parable (in which the
wise virgins made provision for their future and the foolish virgins
did not) and entering into Life Assurance policies from Standard