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.
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.