John Street Church Glasgow Merchant City Building

John Street Church Building Glasgow, Photo, Address, Architect, Rochead, 19th Century Merchant City property picture

John Street Church Glasgow

Historic Merchant City Building design by Architect JT Rochead, Scotland

post updated 26 January 2024 ; 2 December 2023 ; 6 Mar 2021

Location: John Street, off Ingram Street

Dates built: 1859-60

Architect: JT Rochead

John Street Church
exterior photograph © Adrian Welch

John Street Church

Highly unusual glassy facade on rusticated base.

Buildings close by to John Street Church

Hutchesons’ Hall building:
Hutchesons' Hall close to John Street Church
photo © Adrian Welch

John Thomas Rochead Architect

John Thomas Rochead (1814 – 1878) was a Scottish architect. He is most noteworthy on a national scale for having been the designer of the Wallace Monument.

He was born in Edinburgh, the son of John Rochead and Catherine Gibb. He was educated at George Heriot’s School in the Scottish capital city.

He worked for a number of years starting in 1831. He started as an apprentice of the eminent Edinburgh architect, David Bryce.

From around 1841 to 1870, Rochead lived and worked in Glasgow. During this time he was employed by David Hamilton, working alongside Thomas Gildard, who became a lifelong friend.

In 1840 he won a commission for a new Roman Catholic Cathedral in Belfast. Although the building went unbuilt it brought him to the attention of the architectural world and thereafter he was a keen competition architect.

View northwest up John Street towards Glasgow City Chambers:
John Street Glasgow
photo © Adrian Welch

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A selection of some significant historic Merchant City architecture close by to this church:

Hutchesons Hospital
Hutchesons Hall near John Street Church
architecture photograph © Adrian Welch
Hutchesons Hospital

Ingram Square Flats
Ingram Square Flats
Merchant City building photo © Adrian Welch
Ingram Square Flats

Jigsaw Glasgow
Jigsaw Glasgow
Merchant City store picture © AJW
Jigsaw Glasgow

Kelvingrove Gallery Building
Kelvingrove Gallery Glasgow museum
Kelvingrove Gallery photo © Adrian Welch
Kelvingrove Art Gallery
The layout of the galleries configured symmetrically around the East and West Courts and the Central Hall could not be simpler. However, during the last 100 years there have been a myriad of changes that have, to a greater or lesser extent, put demands on a building that it was not originally designed to accommodate.

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