Ruchill Free Church Halls Glasgow building

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Ruchill Free Church Halls Glasgow Architect, Location, Shakespeare Street Building by Charles Rennie Mackintosh, Date

Ruchill Free Church Halls Glasgow

Rennie Mackintosh Architecture: Shakespeare Street Building, Strathclyde, Scotland, UK

post updated 16 September 2023

Address: Ruchill St / 15/17 Shakespeare St

Date: 1899

Architect: Charles Rennie Mackintosh

Opening Times: Mon to Fri 11am – 3pm

Ruchill Free Church Halls

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Brief Description:
Ruchill Free Church Halls is a simple stone two-storey building, fairly plain for Charles Rennie Mackintosh but with typical decorative features.

Rennie Mackintosh Architect

Ruchill Church Hall was built as a mission for the Free Church of Scotland and completed in 1899. It is located at 15/17 Shakespeare Street, a side road off Maryhill Road.

The site is close to the bridge which takes Ruchill Street north across the Forth and Clyde Canal to the Ruchill area, and near a large Tesco shopping centre on the main road. The church next door, located closer to the canal, was constructed later, designed by a different architect.

The building provides two halls, with the main hall having a section divided off by a sliding folding partition, and two committee rooms. It is in active use by the congregation of the church, and is open daily providing community facilities as well as a so-called Mackintosh Tea Room providing teas and snacks in the main hall.

Entering from Shakespeare Street, a committee room is to the right, while to the left a passageway leads past a screened washbasin to a door to the stairwell. Next on the left is a small kitchen / servery, while straight ahead from the main entrance doors lead into the corner of the main hall.

On the right a large bay is separated off from the main hall with a sliding folding partition. This element incorporates high level glazed panels with Rennie Mackintosh’s characteristic stained glass inserts.

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One part of the area that is largely unchanged is High Ruchill, which unlike the rest of the area was never made up of tenemental properties, but semi-detached housing instead. This part of Ruchill also never suffered the same concentration of social problems as the rest of the area.
source: wikipedia

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