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Glasgow City of Architecture and Culture

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A June 2006 trip to Glasgow by Drever

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Quote: Glasgow is undergoing a renaissance as a city of architecture and culture. Some of the highlights are covered here.

Glasgow Lighthouse

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Attraction | "Glasgow Lighthouse, Scotland's centre for architecture and design "

Glasgow Lighthouse Photo, Glasgow, Scotland
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Charles Rennie Mackintosh, outstanding architect, furniture designer, and painter, is one of the most innovative figures of the early 20th century. Fittingly Glasgow is honouring him throughout 2006 with celebrations of his work with over 100 events at over 30 settings.In reality though, the celebrations started in 1999 when the Lighthouse opened as Scotland's centre for architecture and design. Mackintosh himself had designed the building in 1895 for other purposes but the building has proved adaptable. A tower originally containing a water tank for dousing fires but now incorporating a spiral staircase makes the name ‘Lighthouse’ appropriate.The forth floor hosts a permanent Mack...Read More

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Glasgow Lighthouse
Scotland's Centre for Architecture, Design and The City
Glasgow, Scotland
+44 (141) 221 6362

Burrell Collection

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Attraction | "The Burrell Collection"

Burrell Collection Photo, Glasgow, Scotland
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Sitting on the edge of Pollock Park with a prize herd of highland cattle grazing nearby sits a custom-built, ultramodern, building of pink sandstone and stainless steel. With walls of glass, which look onto woodlands, its circular concrete columns complement the acres of wood in walls and ceilings. Encompassing open airy spaces and intimate areas of seclusion, it displays the eclectic Burrell Collection to its maximum advantage. The museum displays a rotating selection of around 3,000 of the 8,000 items at any one time.The airy courtyard near the entrance is my favourite parts of the building. The Warwick Vase, a Roman marble urn once owned by the Emperor Hadrian, sits in the middle surround...Read More

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Burrell Collection
2060 Pollokshaws Road
Glasgow, Scotland G43 1AT
+44 141 287 2550

Pollok House

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Attraction | "Pollock House"

Pollok House Photo, Glasgow, Scotland
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Imagine owning the whole south side of Glasgow. The Maxwell family did for almost 700 years until well into the last century. Their ancestral home, Pollok House in its 361 acres of park and woodland sits only minutes away from the city centre. In 1966 family member Anne Maxwell Macdonald presented the mansion to the city of Glasgow. The National Trust for Scotland now manages it. The mansion designed by William Adam in 1752 is now the historic jewel at the heart of Pollock Park. It overflows with collections of Spanish art, antique furniture, silverware and ceramics, and an impressive library. The Country Park itself offers woodland walks and cycle tracks. The mansion shares Pollock Country Pa...Read More

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Pollok House
Pollok Country Park
Glasgow, Scotland G43 1AT
+44 141 616 6410

Glasgow Royal Concert Hall

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Glasgow Royal Concert Hall Photo, Glasgow, Scotland
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The Glasgow Royal Concert Hall officially opened in October 1990 just in time to host events for Glasgow's year as European City of Culture. Built when Pat Lally was Provost the building rapidly fell prey to Glasgow humour and gained the nickname of "Lally's Palais."Glasgow became UK City of Architecture and Design in 1999. Perhaps the Concert Hall helped it gain this award. Certainly viewed from Buchanan Street it has an imposing frontage. Along side is a massive shopping mall, the Buchanan Galleries, and the city’s bus station is conveniently situated close by. Not so convenient is the city’s subway system although it runs underneath. A massive rubber membrane built into the floor effectivel...Read More

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Glasgow Royal Concert Hall
2 Sauchiehall Street
Glasgow, Scotland G2 3NY
+44 141 353 8000

Tenement House

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Attraction | "The Glasgow Tenement "

Tenement House Photo, Glasgow, Scotland
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The Glasgow Tenement is a time capsule of tenement life at the beginning of the 20th century. Tenements were Scotland’s mass building method of the industrial era. Continual buildings, subdivided into houses and flats, snaked along streets. They developed a language and a culture all their own. A sign of being a better class of person was to live in a "wally close"–a tiled corridor leading into the premise. The "hurley" was the bed on castors, which was kept below the box bed off the kitchen. Many Glasgwegians crammed into such tenements from the middle of 19th century. Many still live in them but with modern mod cons.Shorthand typist Miss Agnes Toward moved to this Glasgow Tenement with h...Read More

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Tenement House
145 Buccleuch Street
Glasgow, Scotland G3 6QN
+44 141 332 9368