525 Shields Road, Pollokshields, G41 2RF
Join Pollokshields Heritage for a guided bus tour of this magnificent Victorian garden suburb: see listed buildings, discover splendid villas, tenements and nature areas see various communities, and hear many stories.
Dating from 1849, Pollokshields is a fine example of a Victorian Garden suburb. Your tour includes the oldest secular building in Glasgow, a villa built by an American gun runner, Jimmy Logan's villa, an uber cool modernist villa, fine art nouveau tenements, Greek Thomson villa, a hidden gem of the Glasgow style. Various Churches, Mosques, the new Gurdwara, and Tramway's rich though tragic history. The suburb contains parks, green spaces, villas, tenements and church by some of Glasgow's well known architects including Alexandrer Greek Thomson, WJ Anderson, JC McKellar, William Hunter McNab, HE Clifford, Burnet Boston and Carruthers. The heritage of the Maxwell family is evident in gifted space for parks, bowling greens and allotments, with their varied landscapes and wildlife. The architectural styles and building materials used demonstrate the eclecticism and evolution of Victorian / Edwardian middle class taste. Within these buildings are superb interiors by talented craftsmen of sumptuous stained glass, ornamental plasterwork, cast iron and marble, wally tiles and elegant wood carvings to frame the equally interesting lives of the people who commissioned and lived in them, whose stories will be noted. You will hear about issues relating to new developments and technologies too. With its gridded streets lined with handsome tenements, terraces, shops and public buildings, East Pollokshields was developed as an upmarket tenement suburb. Three published Heritage Trail guides will be given to participants. The tour starts and ends at Maxwell Park Station.
Sat 15th & Sun 16th, 2pm (registration from 1.45pm); 120 minutes
Meeting Point: Maxwell Park Station, [opposite] 121 Fortheringay Road, G41 4EF
Parking: On street parking on either Fotheringay Road or Terregles Ave at Maxwell Park Station: both are free.
Accessibility: Folks will need to able to climb steps to coach and walk some 70 meters to reach coach.
Toilets only available at cafes on Nithsdale Rd & Kildrostan St., also at Morrison's at Crossmyloof.
Glasgow Building Preservation Trust
Wellpark Enterprise Centre
120 Sydney Street, Glasgow
Registered Company Number: SC079721
Scottish Charity Number: SC015443