Buildings & Monuments in Glasgow

Glasgow is full of beautiful architecture and monuments. Studying them all properly could take a lifetime! One of Glasgow's most famous architects and designers was 'Rennie Mackintosh'. Some examples of his works in Glasgow are:

  • Balgrayhill Road, 140-142, 1890
  • Blythswood Square, No.5 door only, 1908
  • Daily Record printing works, Renfield Lane, 1901
  • Glasgow Herald building - 1893-95
  • Hill House, Helensburgh - 1902-1904
  • House for an Art Lover, Bellahouston Park - Andy Macmillan after Mackintosh 1996
  • Hunterian Gallery building
  • Martyrs' School, 52 Parson St - Honeyman & Keppie (Mackintosh), 1898
  • Queens Cross Church, Woodside - 1896-99
  • Ruchill Free Church Halls - 1899
  • Scotland Street School - 1906
  • Willow Tea Rooms, 217 Sauchiehall Street - 1904
  • Glasgow Style Room, Art Gallery & Museum, Kelvingrove
  • Lilybank house extension - 1890s
  • Queen Mary's College, 1895 with John Keppie

Glasgow was one of the centres of power in the Victorian age, its wealth and prowess displayed in its mercantile buildings, offices, warehouses and factories. But in more recent years, the pace has slowed, good buildings need good clients, and so Edinburgh has taken much of the attention, however with the likes of Zaha Hadid, David Chipperfield, Richard Rogers and Foster & Partners, the city looks like it will regain its rightful position as a beacon of design in the world.

Hill House

Designed originally for publisher Walter Blackie, Hill House in Helensburgh, is another of Rennie Mackintosh's best-known buildings. His style is often viewed as related to fin-di-Siecle Art Nouveau and the immerging Modern Architecture movement. The Rennie Mackintosh building follows traditional Scottish architecture, often referred to as 'Scot Baronial'.

Royal Exchange Square Glasgow

Now part of the 'Gallery of Modern Art', it was designed in 1827 by David Hamilton. The building has an odd 'wedding cake' cylindrical cupola on top of the east face, overlooking the Merchant City. The design was commissioned by the Royal Bank, which asked Archibald Elliot II in 1827 to design a bank, shop and office space. The north-facing terrace was designed by David Hamilton & James Smith (who also designed the McLellan Galleries)

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