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6 Jan 2022
New Glasgow Architecture Photos

A few new pictures taken around town on a sunny Winter’s day:

Photo below © Isabelle Lomholt

Lion Chambers Glasgow, Hope Street building

Glasgow Building Photos 2022

3 September 2021
Key Buildings in Strathbungo / Polloshaws

Homes at Nithsdale Drive and Nithsdale Street, Strathbungo, by Alexander Thomson:

Homes at Nithsdale Drive and Nithsdale Street, Strathbungo

Strathbungo was agreed to be developed as a suburb in 1860 by landowner Sir John Maxwell of Pollok, located just west of Pollokshaws Road. Alexander Greek Thomson designed the masterplan. He also formed the first terrace at Moray Place. Alexander Thomson built the house at No. 1 for himself. He later died in 1875 at the property. Three other terraces were built between 1862 and 1880.

1 Moray Place, Glasgow:

Side elevation from the North, by the roundabout at the East end of Nithsdale Road:
1 Moray Place Glasgow by Alexander Thomson architect

Front view of 1 Moray Place:
1 Moray Place Glasgow by Alexander Greek Thomson

The terrace, looking South:
1 Moray Place Strathbungo by Alexander Greek Thomson

No. 1 Moray Place is where architect Alexander Thomson’s vision for the area was most fully realised: it features Greek-style columns, pediments and stonework with his own typical twist.

Close by to the South is 27 Regent Park Square where fellow Glaswegian architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh (first ever winner of the Alexander Thomson medal) lived in the 1890s.

1 September 2021

St Simon’s Catholic Church, Partick, west Glasgow – this building could sadly be demolished after being devastated by a fire that destroyed the roof, interior and walls on 28 July 2021:

St Simon's Catholic Church, Partick, Glasgow burnt down
photo © Daniel Lomholt-Welch

29 August 2021

Architecture photos in the Pollokshields area:

Pollokshields Burgh Hall frontage:
Pollokshields Burgh Hall Glasgow building

Freemason carved symbols (inscriptions) to rear of Pollokshields Burgh Hall:
Pollokshields Burgh Hall Glasgow freemason carvings

Tower building, now ‘Little Einstein’s Nurseries’, 620 Shields Rd, Glasgow G41 2RD, this looks like a gentle design by Alexander Thomson (comments welcome), albeit his work in this area, from 1871, seems to be located at 200 Nithsdale Road:

Nithsdale Road building Glasgow tower Little Einstein's Nurseries', 620 Shields Rd, Glasgow

A Greek Thomson building close by is ‘The Knowe‘, 301 Albert Drive, an Italianate Romanesque style villa designed for John Blair, completed in 1852.

25 August 2021

e-architect took a trip to Dennistoun today, enjoying a lovely lunch at Celino’s Alexandra Parade!

This church building on the Haghill side of Alexandra Park Street is a beauty:

St Andrew’s East Parish Church, 685 Alexandra Parade, Glasgow G31 3LN

– view from the South East:
St Andrew's East Parish Church, 685 Alexandra Parade, Glasgow

– view from the South West:
St Andrew's East Parish Church Dennistoun, Glasgow

Former Haghill Primary School, 16 Marwick Street:

– view from the South East:
Former Haghill Primary School, 16 Marwick Street

According to the Canmore website, Hagill Primary School is made up of a “3-storey and basement, irregular plan, simple Free Renaissance School Board School. Red sandstone ashlar. Rusticated base course, 1st floor double cill course, 2nd floor cill course, eaves cornice and parapet. Slate roof”.

According to the Glasgow Times, Spectrum Properties want to redevelop the former Haghill Primary School and Schoolhouse on Marwick Street. Spectrum Properties say they want to create a residential development within the existing school building and schoolhouse, and a four storey new build block. This would offer 51 two bedroom flats and one three bedroom house, and associated parking.

9 August 2021

Thunder clouds hanging over the Kelvingrove Gallery:
Kelvingrove Gallery Glasgow thunder clouds 2021

3 August 2021
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum

View looking west from the new home of e-architect, with Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum on the right:
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum Glasgow building

coloruful evening lighting:
Kelvingrove Art Gallery Glasgow lighting

23 June 2021
Clydebank Town Hall
Clydebank Town Hall municipal building

Clydebank Town Hall is a municipal building in Dumbarton Road, Clydebank. The town hall, which was the headquarters of Clydebank Burgh Council, is a Category B listed building:

Clydebank Town Hall building Glasgow

9 June 2021
Lilybank House

Lilybank House Glasgow University by Alexander Thomson

Lilybank House was built in the 1830s for Glasgow merchant, Robert Allan. It was later home to publisher John Blackie, under whose ownership the house was extended by Alexander “Greek” Thomson in the 1860s.

Lilybank House Glasgow chimneys

Further additions made in the 1890s by John Honeyman & Keppie. Architect Alexander Thomson added a new wing onto the south end of the villa, and relocated the entrance, after John Blackie’s purchase in 1864.

Lilybank House Glasgow University building

8 June 2021
River Clyde Pictures

River Clyde Glasgow 2021

River Clyde Glasgow building - new offices

27 May 2021
Glasgow University Architecture Photos

McMillan Round Reading Room:
McMillan Round Reading Room

University of Glasgow Library (and Hunterian Art Gallery on left), University Of Glasgow, Hillhead St, Glasgow G12 8QE:
University of Glasgow Library building

Hunterian Art Gallery, University Of Glasgow, 82 Hillhead St, Glasgow G12 8QQ:
Hunterian Art Gallery, University Of Glasgow

Wellington Church of Scotland Glasgow building, 77 Southpark Ave, Glasgow G12 8LE:
Wellington Church of Scotland Glasgow

Wellington Church of Scotland Glasgow building

In the city centre, not part of the university:

The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall, 2 Sauchiehall St, Glasgow G2 3NY:
Glasgow Royal Concert Hall building

23 May 2021
North Glasgow Architecture and Landscape

St Columba of Iona Roman Catholic Church, Woodside, 1941, designed by Gillespie Kidd & Coia Architects (more photos lower down this post):
St Columba of Iona Roman Catholic Church, Woodside

Forth And Clyde Canal at Firhill Basin, Blocks of flats at Wester Common Drive beyond:
Blocks of flats at Wester Common Drive

Housing on the north side of the Forth And Clyde Canal, just west of the Firhill Basin:
Forth And Clyde Canal housing North Glasgow

14 May 2021
Pandemic Architecture

New pods outside Eusebi Restaurant & Deli, junction of Eldon Street and Park Road, north west access to Kelvingrove Park – comments welcome – they seem too bulky, I assume they are on a temporary planning permission?

Eusebi Restaurant pods Eldon Street Glasgow
photo © Isabelle Lomholt

New pods outside Eusebi Restaurant & Deli Park Road
photo © Isabelle Lomholt

2nd of December 2020

Glasgow Buildings Photos in 2020

2 Dec 2020

I am not a huge fan of the new Queen Street Station, it feels too simple and quite harsh against the filigree detail of adjacent buildings:
Glasgow Queen Street Station building

Queen Street Station Glasgow building facade

Glasgow Queen Street Station building facade
photos © Adrian Welch

West Nile Street building facing (East) end of West Regent Street, this is enjoyable, with good balance and decent colours:
West Nile Street building

Greek Thomson building on West Nile Street, sandstone facade in a fairly poor state, one of his smallest and weakest buildings in the city:
Greek Thomson building on West Nile Street

West Nile Street Greek Thomson building Glasgow

St George’s Tron Church steeple, an elegant if slightly weak spire for such a focal point in the city’s grid:
St George's Tron Church steeple

Debenhams store, Argyle Street, a massive brooding mass, ominous skyscape, and economic situation it appears:
Glasgow Debenhams store Argyle Street

7 August 2020

Kelvingrove Gallery Glasgow museum

Kelvingrove Art Gallery

20 July 2020

St Columba of Iona RC Church Glasgow building facade
photos © Adrian Welch

St Columba of Iona RC Church, Woodside, Glasgow
Design: Gillespie Kidd & Coia Architects
Date built: 1941
Style: Italian Romanesque

St Columba of Iona RC Church, Woodside, Glasgow St Columba of Iona Roman Catholic Church Glasgow building

12 July 2020

Ruchill Hospital water tower:
Ruchill Hospital water tower Glasgow building

The centrepiece of Ruchill Hospital – an infectious diseases hospital in the Ruchill area – a 165 ft (50 m) water tower.

St John’s Renfield Church, 22 Beaconsfield Rd, Kelvindale, Glasgow G12 0NB:
St John's Renfield Church, 22 Beaconsfield Rd, Kelvindale, Glasgow

The church was designed by architect James Taylor Thomson (1887–1953).

Style: Gothic revival style
Status: Category B listed building
Dates built: 1929 – 1930

9 July 2020

St. Anne (Dennistoun) – Archdiocese of Glasgow, 21 Whitevale St, Glasgow G31 1QW

Category A listed building.

Architect: Jack Coia
Style: Romanesque, Byzantine
Groundbreaking: 1932
Completed: 1933

St. Anne Dennistoun Glasgow RC church

My son and I were kindly shown the interior of this intriguing church, having given some advice on various aspects of building maintenance! The church serves the Polish community in the East End.

St. Anne RC church Dennistoun Glasgow

The architect was Jack Coia, who designed the church in a mixture of Romanesque and Byzantine Revival styles. Coia would design around 30 buildings for the Catholic Church.

St. Anne RC church Dennistoun Glasgow facade

The church takes its cruciform shape from a series of semi-circular reinforced concrete portals converging on a central apex.

St. Anne RC church Dennistoun Glasgow building

Archbishop Mario Conti described St Anne’s as the “Jewel of the Archdiocese”.

St. Anne RC Church Dennistoun Glasgow building interior

To the south, we revisited this interesting cluster of homes:

Graham Square housing designed by various architects – Page & Park Architects ; Richard Murphy Architects ; McKeown Alexander:

Graham Square homes

Graham Square Glasgow housing

Daily Express building:

Daily Express Glasgow building

Strathclyde University tower building:
Strathclyde University tower building

Strathclyde University architecture school:
Strathclyde University architecture school

Glasgow Cathedral building from Necropolis:
Glasgow Cathedral building from Necropolis

Glasgow Cathedral building from south:
Glasgow Cathedral building from south

Necropolis Glasgow monument:
Necropolis Glasgow monument

Whitevale Baths Glasgow east end:
Whitevale Baths Glasgow east end

5 July 2020
Photos taken at 1 Kelvinside Gardens (G20 6BG) in North West Glasgow the 5th of July 2020 by Adrian Welch:

Another visit to St Charles Borromeo Church in North Kelvinside, this time with my architecture student son. The rather austere building dates from 1959/60, using a reinforced concrete skeletal frame.

St Charles Borromeo Church in North Kelvinside gable facade

The main body of the church was formed from seven concrete portals, infilled with red rustic brickwork. It is an interesting design by former Glasgow architects Gillespie Kidd & Coia, but the East gable (pictured) is a little flat, and the ‘bell’ tower with three underslung speakers is too heavy.

The church was closed but post-pandemic it will be good to revisit and enjoy the interior.

Designed by Andy MacMillan and Izzy Metstein of Gillespie Kidd & Coia for a tight, steep hillside site and built 1959-60.

St Charles Borromeo Church Modern Glasgow building

The most notable internal feature is the facetted concrete roof.

The church contains excellent sculptures by Benno Schotz: bronze altar frontal, crucifix and lampholder and twelve terracotta Stations of the Cross based on parishioners and friends of Schotz.

The concrete tower acts as a spire and sits separately to the north of the church next to the presbytery, a large red sandstone building.

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