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The church has a visible concrete skeletal frame, the seven portals filled with rustic red brickwork. The angular fan vaulted roof is separated from the brickwork by a window winding all the way around the top, offering ample light into the main hall. The windows are extended down at the front to better illuminate the altar and pulpit, made from Mexican onyx. The terracotta figures that decorate the brickwork were designed by Scottish Zionist sculptor Benno Schotz shortly before his retirement. He used the likeness of various members of his family, as well as himself and Coia, as models for the extensive compositions.

ST. CHARLES

OF BORROMEO CHURCH

WHERE IS IT?

Northwest of the city centre, tucked away in Kelvinside Gardens, near Maryhill Road

One of Glasgow’s most unusual churches, it was built in 1960 from a design by Jack Coia of the revered firm Gillespie, Kidd & Coia. The plan was revised by one of the firm’s apprentice’s, Andy MacMillan, who was known for his collaborations and friendship with Isi Metzstein, who brought him to the firm.

QUEENS CROSS CHURCH

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CALEDONIA ROAD FREE CHURCH

WHERE? On a traffic island in the Gorbals district, near the start of Caledonia Road, where Cathcart Road and Laurieston Road diverge.

Standing tall, a proud survivor of the ages, Alexander “Greek” Thomson’s church rests on an odd traffic island that marks the former junction between Caledonia Rd and Cathcart Rd.

Thought to be Thomson’s first stab at designing a church, the building was mostly destroyed by a fire in 1965. Although now a Grade A-listed building, the church has lay derelict and abandoned for half a century, watching as the city around it has changed, but with a certain stubborn Scottish pride serving as a reminder of a grander past.

 

 

Across from the church on a small traffic island sits the box-like No.8 Corporation Weigh Office, which acted as a stop point for vehicles to be weighed, back in the days when they were not so frequent on the roads.

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