Tuesday, November 27, 2007
Here is a pic of the National Piping Centre, McPahter St. It was formerly a Free Church building designed by Doublas and Sellars in 1872. It seems to have a neo-classical Greek Thomson feel about it.
The Sixty Steps-1872.Kelvinside Terrace West, 8 Queen Margaret's Place
Greek Thomson designed this monumental flight of steps which connected with a now-demolished bridge across the River Kelvin.
View of the River Kelvin in the fall. This river is a northern tributary of the River Clyde.
Here are some images of Northpark Terrace-1863-65, 35-51 Hamilton Drive.
One of Thomson's austere designs: a long infill terrace of retained and repetitive rectilinear elegance.
Eton Terrace-1862-64 41-52 Oakfield Avenue/Great George Street.
This is a Thomson designed terrace of houses with the ends made prominent with pedimented temple-fronts and with much use of Thomson's favourite square columns. Rhythms are set up by the games played with wall planes and window surrounds while each pair of porches is treated as a miniature temple.
Kelvingrove Museum and Art Gallery. This was designed by John W Simpson and E J Milner Allen, joint architects, of London, in 1892. The building was completed in 1901.
The brief for the competition required:
- a central or music hall giving easy access to all parts of the building
- a suite of top-lit art galleries
- museum halls, some roof-lighted, some side-lighted saloons
- and a school of art with separate entrance (this was later dropped from the scheme).
Views of Glasgow University.This was designed by George Gilbert Scott (1866 ) - built on Gilmorehill and entered from University Avenue It was intensely disliked by Alexander 'Greek' Thompson.
Why not avail of a Glasgow Architecture Tour with Catswhiskerstours?
Glasgow Centre Photography Tour
Sunday, November 25, 2007
St. George's Church, Tron viewed from George Street. This church was completed in 1809 to the designs of William Stark. The tower shows Baroque influences at the upper tiers, without resorting too much to the elaborate decoration which usually exemplifies that style.
View from Glasgow Bridge looking east looking towards Victoria Bridge and Albert Bridge.
Alleyway near Central Station. Seems to be straight out of a Dickens novel!
Views of Charles Rennie Mackintosh's Lighthouse. The former Glasgow Herald Building is now home to Scotland's award winning Centre for Architecture, Design and the City.
View of City and St Georges Church, Tron from West George Street
Statue in George Square to James Watt
View of City Chambers in George Square through fairground.
Statue of Robert Burns with that of Sir Walter Scott (very tall plinth) in the background.
Saturday, November 24, 2007
The images are of a local farmers' market. Good range of food etc., cheeses, all sorts of burgers, meat, fruit drinks, fruit & veg. Bought some honey and special pork and apple burgers.
Weather overcast with showers. Good shopping experience interacting with the local producers who actually make the products.
Labels: FARMERS MARKET
GLASGOW CYCLE TOUR
Here is the steamship Waverley, last of its type. Worth a trip if you have the time.
Here is Central Station, a fascinating piece of architecture. The station was opened in 1879 and was extended further between 1901-1906. The entrance features ornate ironwork. Seven pillars support the glazed porte-cochere arcade with the travel centre behind and the stone edifice of the Central Hotel rising above.
Here is view of the old docks looking north west towards Ben Lomond. Pic taken from Science Centre Tower.
Here the Major Archibald Douglas Monteath Mausoleum (1842) located at the Glasgow Necropolis, last resting place of Glasgow's Great and Good.
View of the SECC on the Clyde
Science Centre Tower. This is open to the public and provides a great panorama from the top.
See Glasgow Tour
Friday, November 23, 2007
This is the former Langside Hill Church 1895-6 and is Category 'B' listed. The building was designed by Alexander Skirving for the Free Church but now a bar and restaurant.Skirving was Greek Thomson's principal assistant. The design for the church was in the classical tradition with the building placed on a large plinth and fronted by a pedimented portico supported by giant Ionic columns. A very imposing and impressive building.
Views of Glasgow from Queen's Park looking N.W. through N.E. starting with Kilsyth Hills and Ben Lomond. Stunning views and a good day!
Here is a classical mansion house in the style of David Hamilton built in the early 1800's.This is Camphill House. It was converted into a museum by Glasgow Corporation, the custodians of the park, in 1896.In late 1995, work was completed to convert the building into flats.
View of walks in Queen's Park. Burnt out car looks like a work of art, but this is Glasgow!!
Thursday, November 22, 2007
This is the Eglinton Arms hotel in the centre of Eaglesham
On the way home stopped at the aptly named Waterfoot and took some pics of the weir and river.
ROCK ART TOUR SCOTLAND
Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Many of the rock carvings, e.g.Kilmartin and Arran comprise rings of concentric circles with what appears to be a channel through the rings at the six o'clock position. In reading a publication on the archaeology of Orkney I noticed an uncanny similarity between the rock carvings and plans of prehistoric tombs dating from around the same period. Is the purpose of these rock carvings to 'connect' in some way with the tombs?
Labels: ROCK ART
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
The lands of Rouken Glen Park originally belonged to the Scottish Crown and then to the Earls of Eglinton. It takes its name from the old Rock End Meal Mill in the glen.
Amongst its owners were the Smith family of Glasgow, the Crum family of Thornliebank and Archibald Cameron Corbett, M.P. for Tradeston, Glasgow (later Lord Rowallan) who gifted the estate, mansion house etc. to the citizens of Glasgow.
Here is the Kiltmaker. This traditional business does not have a website. This is a Highland Outfitters and will make kilts and other Highland wear to order.
Ewington Hotel, Glasgow
Monday, November 19, 2007
Views of the front of the Ewington Hotel
Here are some swans and ducks on the pond in Queen's Park. All swans in the British Isles (except Orkney) belong to the Queen and thus enjoy protected status.
More Greek Thomson Tour Glasgow
Sunday, November 18, 2007
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Here is a view of the church spire behind a chapel type memorial. I could not find an inscription on the latter.
Here are three images of Thomson's McIntyre Monument. This was commissioned by Thomson's friend, the builder John McIntyre, for his son's grave, and a powerful composition with a sarcophagus on the base of cyclopaean masonry. Condition is "OK" with evidence of graffiti.
Here is another view of the circular, chapel type memorial.It reminds me of the Douglas Monteith Mausoleum in the Necropolis which was based on the Knights Templar Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem.
This a memorial to certain Covenanters who died for their beliefs. Within a week or so I hope to have a briefing note on the Covenanters on the History page of my main website.
Another mausoleum now partly covered in graffiti.
View of church remains.
Another view of the mausoleum mentioned above.
Another church view.
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Saturday Morning Cycle Ride
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Here is some unusual cress like vegetation growing at the river bank (below).
This is a river valley at Spiersbridge. The pillar is obviously the support for a former bridge.
Here is a weir near to the above bridge support. I believe there may have been industrial activity here in the 18th or 19th centuries, possibly connected with textile dying. There appears to be enough water to drive a mini-hydro scheme!
Another aspect of the stone pillar
Scotland and golf go together. Here are some images of golf in process at Deaconsbank Golf Course
Labels: Saturday Morning
Pollock House Tour, Glasgow
Friday, November 16, 2007
Here is an image taken in the grounds which I call 'autumn reflections';
Here is an image of the front of the house which faces the river.
Side view with stunning garden
In the nearby park is a herd of Highland Cattle. Here is one gentleman not to be tangled with!
Labels: Pollock House
Scottish Country Dancing
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Labels: Scottish Dancing
VISIT TO AYR
Wednesday, November 14, 2007
Here are some beach scenes; first one is looking NW towards Arran.
The Pavilion began life as an entertainments hall and is now a somewhat tacky entertainment centre called Pirate Pete's. Interesting architecture. Better suited to Blackpool.
War memorial with County Buildings in the Background. Latter are interesting architecturally and date from 1931.
View up the Ayr river. I like the symmetry of this pic.
These are pics of the Andrew Carnegie library, one of many in Scotland. New World money to stimulate Old World intellects!!
More views of Ayr from the river.
View of town hall on Sandgate Street.
Tam O'Shanter pub. Note thatched roof. Rabbie Burns was born nearby.
View of town centre
A very patriotic pub. No doubt totally unconnected with the upcoming Scotland:Italy football (soccer) match!
Battlefield Tour Glasgow
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Here is a view taken from a vantage point near Camphill. The scene is the City Of Glasgow looking north towards the Campsie Fells
This is a circle of large stones at the highest point of the park and which is believed to be the remnants of a encampment which formed an important military position in connection with the Battle of Langside, 1568.
This magnificent building seems to have been a church-now in process of conversion to a restaurant type facility.
Here is the monument to the Battle of Langside, 1568
Location: Battle Place, Langside, Glasgow
Date executed: 1887-8
Monday, November 12, 2007
Kids at skateboard park
View of path with water fall. My bike is propped against the fence.
Falls at Rouken Glen
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Greenbank Garden Tour, Glasgow
Sunday, November 11, 2007
Here is a pic of a kilt maker's shop/workshop at Eastwood Toll.
Contrasts at Greenbank Garden
Within the Walled Garden at Greenbank
Another autumnal view with contrasts at Greenbank
Greenbank House-open April to Oct.
Trees at Greenbank
A small herd of Highland Cattle at Greenbank-very inquisitive and photogenic
Alexander 'Greek' Thomson Architecture Tour
Saturday, November 10, 2007
2-38 Milbrae Crescent, Langside. 1876-77
Completed after Thomson's death by his partner, Robert Turnbull. Flair and elegance combine the style of rustic villas with the sublime urbanity of the terrace suggest that it was designed by Thomson.
Double Villa, 25 Mansionhouse Road, Langside. 1856-57.
Two semi-detached houses. Instead of the usual butterfly symmetry Thomson took one house plan and rotated it through 180 degrees so that the resulting building has two identical, asymetrical elevations, each both back and front, with one facing east and the other west. Note also that the windows are made entirely separate form the columns in the projecting bays.
Autumn view of Queen's Park
Moray Place, Strathbungo.
A terrace of 10 small houses. All the ground floor windows and doors are evenly spaced and exactly the same size while an unbroken run of 52 square columns on the first floor links the two projecting houses. Thomson lived and died in No 1 Moray Place.
Above information sourced from a booklet 'Glasgow Architectural Guide 1 c 1999.
'Greek' Thomson Tour Glasgow
Friday, November 09, 2007
Holmwood House building. (1857-58) is currently closed for the winter but a visit to the site and grounds is still possible.This elaborate villa is arguably Thomson's finest and most important residentialHolmwood House was built for beside the River Cart for the owner of a local paper mill.Thomson appears to have been the first modern architect to design houses in the Greek style asymmetrically according to Picturesque principles. Thomson designed everything in this house, including the rich polychromatic wall decoration which is now being uncovered and restored.
Here are a few images:
Glasgow Thomson Architecture Tour
Thursday, November 08, 2007
Alexander Thomson was, arguably, the greatest architect of Victorian Glasgow. He obtained the sobriquet 'Greek' because he believed that the architecture of ancient Greece could be the basis of modern architecture. Notwithstanding Thomson's fascination for Greece, he never actually visited the country. He was born in Balfron in 1817 and died in 1875 at his home in Moray Place, the terrace he had designed.
Here are some images of the Caledonia Road Church 1856-57. This was Thomson's first church but now a vandalised ruin on the edge of the Gorbals. However, the remains have a certain dignity and distinction with an elevated portico and a most unusual tower, probably inspired by modern German architecture.
Bucks Head Building-1863. This is located at 59-61 Argyle Street & Dunlop Street. A commercial building in which the iron construction is expressed externally.
The Gordon Street, Warehouse, opposite Central Station.
There is an Edwardian era superstructure placed on top. However, the Thomson facade is very visible; it is full of subtleties and distinctive ornament.
Egyptian Halls, Union Street. 1870-72.
Exterior looks sad/tired. This building was built as a bazaar or shopping centre and named after the Egyptian Hall in Piccadilly, London. Interior constructed of iron; exterior of stone and was designed in a series of rich horizontal layers building up to a colonnade.
Grecian Buildings, 336-356 Sauchiehall Street. 1867-68
Originally a commercial warehouse but now the Centre for Contemporary Arts.
This is the famous Willow Tea Rooms, Sauchiehall Street. Nothing to do with Thomson but took the pic as I was passing.
St. Vincent Street Church 1857-59 (Cnr. of Pitt St.)
The only surviving intact Thomson church. It is raised up on its own man-made Acropolis on the steeply sloping site. The ionic porticoes raised up are purely symbolic while the tall steeple is believed to be Indian inspired.Cast iron columns with extraordinary capitals are found inside.
This building still appears to be in use a living Church ( Free Presbyterian). The exterior would benefit from a good clean!!
Acknowledgement: For this tour and information I am indebted to a brochure: 'Glasgow Architectural Guide 1'.
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