St Vincent Street Church, Architect, Photos, Architecture, Location, Images
St Vincent Street Church Glasgow
Alexander Thomson Building in Glasgow, Strathclyde, western Scotland, UK
post updated 2 December 2023
Date built: 1859
Architect: Greek Thomson
Address: 265 St Vincent St
Location: just west of city centre
St Vincent St Church
St. Vincent Street Church is a free Church of Scotland, evangelical & presbyterian church in central Glasgow.
The building is surrounded by modern high-rises and requires investment / refurbishment.
St Vincent St Church Architect : Greek Thomson
St Vincent Street Church Building
St. Vincent Street Church is a Presbyterian church on St. Vincent Street in Glasgow, Scotland. It was designed by Alexander Thomson (also known as “Greek” Thomson) and built from 1857 to 1859 for the former United Presbyterian Church of Scotland. Elements (probably the tower) are by Thomson’s young assistant, the church architect Robert Gordon Wilson, who was a member of the UP church.
This eminent structure is a Category A listed building. The church building is owned by Glasgow City Council.
From 1971 until 2021 it was used by a congregation of the Free Church of Scotland: Glasgow City Free Church. In 1998 the building was listed in the 1998 World Monuments Watch by the World Monuments Fund, and again in 2004 and 2006. The Fund helped restore the tower, with support from American Express.
In October 2021, Glasgow City Free Church were forced to vacate the building due to falling plaster. It has since lain unused.
It’s all Greek to us
“A council has come under fire from conservationists who claim it has not done enough to restore a city centre church regarded as one of the most important 19th century monuments in Scotland. Five years ago the World Monuments Fund in Britain (WMF), a conservation charity, helped complete a £5 million restoration project on the spire of Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson’s St Vincent Street Church in Glasgow, which was built in 1859.
’I sometimes wonder whether Glasgow realises what an architectural masterpiece the city has at the centre. St Vincent Street Church is of international importance as the greatest work by Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson that survives’.”
Scotsman, 10 June 2002
The architectural context : The Pinnacle Glasgow – quite an ungainly building that is located close by.
Location: west Glasgow, Strathclyde, southwest Scotland, UK
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