Corinthian Interior, Glasgow

Corinthian Interior, Glasgow with 26ft Dome

This afternoon, I had opportunity to photograph interior of what I consider to be Glasgow’s, possibly one of the U.K.’s, finest interiors, namely the Corinthian in central Glasgow. This building (now a restaurant) has links back to the early days of Glasgow’s prominent role in the 18th century tobacco industry which kick-started Glasgow to life as a commercial centre.

The Corinthian was built by David Hamilton in 1842 on the site of the Virginia Mansion (tobacco industry). Just close by is Virginia Place and Virgina Street. The building was re-modelled in 1876 by James Burnett. the interior was meant to impress as for 73 years building was a bank head office during which period various sculptures and features were added. The building became a High Court in 1929 when many of the finest features were obscured from view and only re-discovered many years later.

The Corinthian has been assigned the highest possible grading for a heritage building. Features inside include:

  • Italian Roman Doric pilastrade.
  • Modillion Cornice.
  • Balustraded die parapet.
  • Free standing classical figures
  • spectacular 26 foot glass dome

Images above and below give a flavour for the quality of the structure and decor. Here is a video clip.

Detail of Corinthian Interior

Detail of Corinthian Interior, Glasgow

Detail of Corinthian Interior

Detail of Corinthian Interior, Glasgow

I have a Tobacco tour later this month when I will take the group to admire this interior.

Elsewhere today:

  • Have received good news in that guest has confirmed a self-drive tour pf Scotland for group of seven during August.
  • Received enquiry for a 5 day self-drive tour during October for 4 gents.
  • Received enquiry from gent in Hawaii for information on self-drive tour of Scotland and Ireland. (Hi Paul!)
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