Caledonia Road Church, Gorbals, Glasgow, Scotland.

This evening, I am focusing on one of architect, Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson’s principal legacies in Glasgow, the now ruined, Caledonia Road United Presbyterian Church in the Gorbals district. Thomson was an Elder of this church.

Caledonia Road Church, Gorbals, Glasgow

Thomson (1817-1875) was the greatest architect of Victorian Glasgow. Much of his work was influenced by the architecture of ancient Greece notwithstanding that he never visited that country.

The Caledonia Road Church was built 1856-57 on a triangular block which stands on a main route into the city.

The building features a high podium of sandstone crowned with an ionic temple portico. This gives the impression of an acropolis to which is connected a tall, obelisk-shaped tower. The windows on the sides are trapezoid.

The building’s current state is a function of burning by vandals in 1965.

Caledonia Road Church, Gorbals, Glasgow

Thomson is buried about one mile away in the Southern Necropolis. Here us a link to information on the memorial.

Caledonia Road Church, Glasgow

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