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This posting is by way of follow-up to that of March 14th. The interior is open to the public on Thursdays so I availed of the opportunity for a visit, an endeavour which proved quite rewarding.

The building dates from 1739-1755. It is an approximate copy of St. Martins in the Fields, London. Architect was Allan Dreghorn, a local entrepreneur working in association with Mungo Nasmith (Master mason) and Thomas Clayton ( Plasterer).

The interior features Corinthian columns, rococo plasterwork, stucco work (by Clayton), gilded plasterwork, pulpit built from Spanish mahogany and oak floor. At the back of the church is a marble panel dating from 1906 which at the time was described as being composed of ‘marbles, agates and mosaics…a border of black marble is of mossy-green Grecian marble brightened by two medallions in mosaic with the two Greek symbols, Alpha and Omega-the beginning and the ending saith the Lord.’

Here is a video clip of the interior.

On the way home I visited nearby St. Martins in the Green which has a burial ground containing some very old and interesting memorial stones. I took photographs of the stones for future inclusion in my GlasgowAncestry blog.

On the way back I noticed this intriguing piece of art work on what appears to be a hoarding relating to some building work. I am not sure if the art work is official or otherwise but it does add a bit of colour to the urban scenery.

Closer to home I encountered these crocus and snowdrops. Spring is just about here!

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This morning, I cycled down to the centre of Glasgow to photograph the Clyde Auditorium which is known locally as the ‘Armadillo’ for obvious reasons.

This building, a 3000 seat conference centre, was designed by Foster & Partners and completed 1995-1997. It occupies a site close to the River Clyde which is West of Glasgow City Centre.

From a design perspective, the structure has superficial similarities with Sydney Opera House. It is defined by soaring sails, a connection with Glasgow’s maritime past. Inside there are very few windows.
This innovative, modern design is consistent with architectural trends in Glasgow.

Elsewhere today:

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This morning I cycled down to Glasgow centre to indulge my interest in architecture. The building featured today is St. Andrews in the Square, a Category ‘A’ listed heritage building which was built between 1739-1756 and modelled on St. Martins-in-the Fields, London.

The building is clearly of neo-classical design and of particular note is the scale of the portico featuring giant Corinthian columns to support the structure. There is also a hand modelled baroque facade.

This building operated as a church until 1993 when, as a consequence of a declining congregation, the building was transferred to the Glasgow Building Preservation Trust, a charity which specialises in redundant historic buildings. The Trust proceeded with an extensive refurbishment and restoration programme which was completed in 2000.

The building now acts as a centre for Scottish culture and is also used for entertainment purposes. It is open for visitors for a few hours most Thursdays. Telephone 44(0) 141 559-5902 for information.

This building is regarded as one of the finest churches in the U.K. I plan to see the interior when opportunity arises.

Elsewhere today:

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