Charing Cross Mansions, Glasgow, Scotland

This evening, I am posting information on a unique example of Glasgow’s architectural heritage as manifested in the red sandstone tenement block known as Charing Cross Mansions.

In Glasgow, tenements were, typically, 5 storey apartment blocks built in the 19th and 20th  centuries to accommodate the city’s rising population. The homes had appeal across all social classes. Many still exist and are characterised by large rooms, high ceilings and original period features.

The featured Charing Cross Mansions were built between 1889 and 1891 and are considered to be in the first rank of surviving tenement buildings in Glasgow.They have been assigned the highest rating ( Category ‘A’) for a heritage building in Scotland.

The mansions have a unique, French-Renaissance style deriving from architect, John James Burnet’s period studying at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris under Jean-Louis Pascal.  The allegorical figurines around and above the centrepiece baroque clock (featured in image below) were created by Scottish sculptor, William Birnie Rhind.

Charing Cross marks the edge of Glasgow city centre and commencement of the West End. There are heavy traffic volumes here due to proximity to the M8 motorway.

Baroque Clock, Charing Cross Mansions, Glasgow, Scotland

Charing Cross Mansions, Glasgow, Scotland

Be Sociable, Share!