Shop at House for an Art Lover, Bellahouston Park, 10 Dumbreck Road, G41 5BW
Step back in time to 1938 when Bellahouston Park hosted the Empire Exhibition, a colossal modernist celebration of industry, architecture and engineering which attracted 13 million visitors.
For six months in 1938 Bellahouston Park was transformed into a city of striking modernist architecture, wide boulevards, fountains and other stunning water features. At night the Exhibition shone like a beacon visible for miles around.
Although over 100 strikingly modern buildings were constructed; including the 300ft 'Tait's Tower' which could be seen 100 miles away and the largest amusement park in Britain, there is little evidence today that such a remarkable vision of the future ever happened at all.
This walking tour will shed light on the sheer scale and ambition of the exhibition, examine some of the key buildings and provide an insight into the ideas of the architects who made it a reality. You will also visit the Palace of Art, the only remaining building from 1938 and will conclude the tour at House for an Art Lover's Heritage Centre.
Tour guide James Winnett will guide you around the park using archive material and digital imagery.
Sat 15th, 1.30pm; 45-60 minutes
Meeting point: Shop at House for an Art Lover
Car park available on site – free of charge
Glasgow Building Preservation Trust
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120 Sydney Street, Glasgow
Registered Company Number: SC079721
Scottish Charity Number: SC015443