Listed Building

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Status: Designated


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NS 58132 63153
258132, 663153


Tramworks and depot built in stages converted to theatre and exhibition space; horse tram depot by W Clark, engineer, 1894, a 2-storey 9 x 4 bay ashlar-fronted range with stables on 1st floor; single storey 9-bay workshops added 1899-1912; converted to museum 1964. Street elevation long tall painted ashlar front with classical details, massive rock-faced base, 9 round-headed openings, 6 originally as tram openings, 3 bricked up in 1964; deep entablature conceals roofs.

Statement of Special Interest

An important part of Glasgow's transport history, the Tramway Depot was built in stages from 1894 to around 1912 as a Tramway Works and Depot. It forms a significant part of the streetscape and it is a rare survival. It originally had stables on the first floor. It was converted to the Museum of Transport in 1964, but this was relocated in the 1980s to the Kelvin Hall, and plans to create a performing and visual arts space were put forward in 1989 to celebrate Glasgow's City of Culture status in 1990. The building was redeveloped by Zoo Architects from 1998-2000 with a café bar and residency, rehearsal and workshop spaces added. It operates as a venue for contemporary visual and performing art.

Reference from previous list description: Hume, 1974, I16.

List description updated as part of the Theatres Thematic Study 2010.



2nd edition Ordnance Survey map (1892-7); Williamson et al, The Buildings of Scotland - Glasgow (1990) p574. (accessed 26 March 2009).

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