St Vincent Street Church, Glasgow, Scotland

St Vincent Street Church, Glasgow, Scotland

This afternoon, I took advantage of unexpected opportunity to visit the interior of the St Vincent Street Church (Glasgow City Free Church) in Glasgow, Scotland.

Summary information on the architectural gem:

  • The only remaining, intact church designed by Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson (1817-75), a Glasgow architect whose designs were influenced by classical Greek architecture supplemented by Egyptian and Assyrian influences.Thomson was a deeply religious man.
  • Ranked as one of Scotland’s most important 19th century church buildings.
  • The Greek-like temple is placed alongside and exotic tower with an indian inspired dome.
  • Built on an elevated, man-made Acropolis on a steeply sloping site.
  • The impressive Ionic porticoes are purely symbolic.
  • The tall steeple is richly embellished with architectural features.
  • Inside, Thomson used latest technology of the day which included columns made of cast-ironĀ and sheets of rolled glass. Natural light enters from all sides to ensure a continual bright internal space.
  • Cast iron columns support the gallery, massive stone clerestory and high timber roof.
  • The columns are crowned with outsized and elaborately decorated capitals.
  • The pews, gallery, parapet and pulpit are crafted from North American yellow pine.
  • Opened in 1859 and refurbished in 1904 when a Norman and Beard pipe organ was installed. Only exterior of the organ remains.
  • Originally built for the United Presbyterian Church which subsequently became the United Free Church. Now used for worship by the Glasgow City Free Church. Ownership of the building rests with Glasgow City Council.
Decorated Capital at St Vincent Street Church, Glasgow.

Decorated Capital at St Vincent Street Church, Glasgow.

Decorated Capital, St Vincent Street Church, Glasgow.

Decorated Capital, St Vincent Street Church, Glasgow.

Video clip of interior, St Vincent Street Church, Glasgow.

Interior of St Vincent Street Church, Glasgow

Interior of St Vincent Street Church, Glasgow

Front elevation of St Vincent Street Church, Glasgow, Scotland.

Front elevation of St Vincent Street Church, Glasgow, Scotland.

Exterior architecture at St Vincent St Church, Glasgow, Scotland.

Exterior architecture at St Vincent St Church, Glasgow, Scotland.

Exterior architectural detail at St Vincent St Church, Glasgow

Exterior architectural detail at St Vincent St Church, Glasgow

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