The Evolution of Glasgow: The Golden Age
To celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Glasgow Doors Open Day, Glasgow City Heritage Trust is holding a special series of walking tours. Led by GCHT’s Deputy Director, Niall Murphy, the walks will track the urban growth of Glasgow from the High Street, through the development of the Georgian New Towns before heading across the rupture of the M8 and into the Victorian urban set-pieces of the Park District and Kelvingrove before concluding at the site of the relocated University of Glasgow on Gilmore Hill.
The second walk, from the Lighthouse to the Mitchell Library, will cross the western city centre and the Blythswood Hill where Glasgow’s ruthless urban grid takes hold.
Please note the tour lasts approximately 2 hrs with a route stretching from the Lighthouse past Central Station to Bothwell, Hope and St Vincent Streets before heading to Sauchiehall Street via Blythswood Square. The walk will conclude at the Mitchell Library.
Highlights include: Central Station; James Salmon’s ‘Hatrack’ and Mercantile Chambers; J Gaff Gillespie’s Scottish Temperance Building; CR Mackintosh’s Glasgow Record Building; Greek Thomson’s Grosvenor Buildings and St Vincent Street Church; Sir JJ Burnet and James Miller’s American influenced commercial buildings; the apprentice’s touching tribute to his master; the sculptor who helped those scarred by the Great War; an erotic ‘Spook style’ doorway; how to bend Paris’ Hôtel de Ville around a corner; Roman Baths and Venetian Palaces; Glasgow most Germanic classical facade; and, Beaux Arts and Glasgow Baroque masterpieces
Sun 22nd, 2pm; 120 mins
Meeting point: The Lighthouse
Booking essential – opens 1st September 10am
Accessibility: Limited accessibility - there will be hills with occasional steep gradients.
Nearest Train/Subway: St Enoch’s Subway, Buchanan Street Subway, Queen Street Station, Central Station.
Parking: Street Parking Available, NCP Car Park Mitchell Street.