Listed Building

The legal part of the listing is the address/name of site only. All other information in the record is not statutory.

UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW, GILMOREHILL CAMPUS BUILDING E15, 1 UNIVERSITY AVENUE AND 49 GIBSON STREET, SIR CHARLES WILSON BUILDING, FORMER HILLHEAD CONGREGATIONAL CHURCHLB32250

Status: Designated

Documents

There are no additional online documents for this record.

Summary

Category
C
Date Added
20/05/1986
Local Authority
Glasgow
Planning Authority
Glasgow
Burgh
Glasgow
NGR
NS 57189 66744
Coordinates
257189, 666744

Description

Hugh Barclay of H & D Barclay, 1889-95. French Gothic aisled church with main facades to Gibson Street and University Avenue. Stugged and snecked ashlar, polished ashlar margins, bull-faced basement.

N (GIBSON STREET) ELEVATION: 3 tiers: buttressed basement and aisle; clerestory above. 5-bay aisle; centre bay with buttresses flanking gablet window; clerestory windows with Y tracery. Advanced gabled entrance bay to left of elevation with shouldered doorpiece flanked by narrow lancets. Shallow canted apse to E, with piended roof.

W (UNIVERSITY AVENUE) ELEVATION: buttresses rising to pinnacles flank gablet windows either side of gabled pointed arch portal with engaged column reveals and moulded soffit. Paired doors. Tall tracery windows above with engaged column reveals.

INTERIOR (seen 1986): much altered; modern internal partitioning. 5 polished granite columns divided nave from aisles. 2 stained glass windows to N, remain; otherwise few original fittings.

Statement of Special Interest

The former Hillhead Congregational Church is a prominent and well detailed former church building in French Gothic style. The building was designed by noted Glasgow architect, Hugh Barclay of H & D Barclay. The building makes a key contribution to the streetscape of the area, with the bold design including gabled apses and buttresses making a significant contribution to a prominent corner site.

Unexecuted plans for this commission were first prepared for this building in 1884 by Bruce and Hay. Renamed Sir Charles Wilson Building when taken over by the University of Glasgow in 2007.

The Glasgow firm of H & D Barclay specialised in schools, and to a lesser degree, churches. Glasgow Academy was designed by the firm in 1878.

Formerly listed as '1 University Avenue/49 Gibson Street, Glasgow University, Sir Charles Wilson Building, Former Hillhead Congregational Church'.

List description updated as part of review of the University of Glasgow Hillhead Campus, 2011. The building number is derived from the University of Glasgow Main Campus Map (2007), as published on the University's website www.gla.ac.uk.

References

Bibliography

Ordnance Survey, Large Scale Town Plan: Glasgow, 1894; Mitchell Library, Dean of Guild Collection, plans as executed Ref. H/225 and unexecuted plans Ref. H/172; British Architect (13/06/1879); British Architect, (29/11/1889); E Williamson, A Riches, M Higgs, The Buildings of Scotland: Glasgow, (1990) p. 334; 'Hillhead Congregational' building search at www.scottisharchitects.org.uk (accessed 03-03-2010)

About Listed Buildings

Listing is the way that a building or structure of special architectural or historic interest is recognised by law through the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) (Scotland) Act 1997.

We list buildings of special architectural or historic interest using the criteria published in the Historic Environment Scotland Policy Statement.

The statutory listing address is the legal part of the listing. The information in the listed building record gives an indication of the special architectural or historic interest of the listed building(s). It is not a definitive historical account or a complete description of the building(s). The format of the listed building record has changed over time. Earlier records may be brief and some information will not have been recorded.

Listing covers both the exterior and the interior. Listing can cover structures not mentioned which are part of the curtilage of the building, such as boundary walls, gates, gatepiers, ancillary buildings etc. The planning authority is responsible for advising on what is covered by the listing including the curtilage of a listed building. For information about curtilage see www.historicenvironment.scot. Since 1 October 2015 we have been able to exclude items from a listing. If part of a building is not listed, it will say that it is excluded in the statutory address and in the statement of special interest in the listed building record. The statement will use the word 'excluding' and quote the relevant section of the Historic Environment Scotland Act 2014. Some earlier listed building records may use the word 'excluding', but if the Act is not quoted, the record has not been revised to reflect current legislation.

If you want to alter, extend or demolish a listed building you need to contact your planning authority to see if you need listed building consent. The planning authority is the main point of contact for all applications for listed building consent.

Find out more about listing and our other designations at www.historicenvironment.scot. You can contact us on 0131 668 8716 or at designations@hes.scot.

Images

There are no images available for this record, you may want to check Canmore for images relating to UNIVERSITY OF GLASGOW, GILMOREHILL CAMPUS BUILDING E15, 1 UNIVERSITY AVENUE AND 49 GIBSON STREET, SIR CHARLES WILSON BUILDING, FORMER HILLHEAD CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH

There are no images available for this record.

Search Canmore

Printed: 17/11/2018 14:58