Ionic Porticoes, Caledonia Road Church, Glasgow

The weather in Glasgow today provided some welcome respite from the rolling series of rain patterns and strong winds which have featured prominently over the past few days.

With dry conditions and good visibility I ventured out to reconnoitre sites in context of an upcoming architecture tour themed on the work of Glasgow architect,Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson (1817-1875)

Here is Northpark Terrace (1863-5). One of Thomson’s austere designs comprising a long infill terrace of retained and repetitive rectilinear elegance.

Northpark Terrace, Hamilton Drive, Glasgow

Video clip of Northpark Terrace

Here are the Sixty Steps at Kelvinside Terrace West (1872). A monumental flight of steps connecting with a since demolished bridge across the River Kelvin.Here Thomson gave the massive retaining walls added dimensions with a few bold details.

Sixty Steps, Queen Margaret Place, Glasgow

Here is the St. Vincent Street Church (1857-59). This is Thomson’s only surviving intact church. It is used by the Free Church of Scotland (Presbyterian). Built on a man-made Acropolis on a steeply sloping site. The ionic porticoes are symbolic whilst the adjacent steeple has Indian influences.

St Vincent Street Church, Glasgow, Scotland

St. Vincent Street Church, Glasgow, Scotland

Here is the Caledonia Road Church in the Gorbals district (1856-7). This was Thomson’s first church. Unfortunately, now a ruin following arson attack in 1965. However, the substance remains intact including the elevated portico and unusual tower with latter suggesting German influences.

Caledonia Road Church, Gorbals, Glasgow, Scotland

Caledonia Road Church, Gorbals, Glasgow, Scotland

Here is Moray Place, Strathbungo (1859-61), a terrace of ten small houses one of which was occupied by Thomson himself.The terrace features repetition and uniformity with all ground floor windows and doors evenly spaced and of same size. On the first floor there is an unbroken run of 52 square columns which link the projecting end houses.

Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson’s House at Moray Place, Strathbungo

Moray Place, Strathbungo, Glasgow, Scotland