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yelookinit

Car showrooms Glasgow

hi i'm looking for any pics of showrooms etc
i did some work experience in wiley's First Ford on pollokshaws Rd yrs ago, but would like some pics of possible
also if anyone has any of the wee showroom that used to be on eglington street further up near where the petrol station used to be!
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norrie

Check my Gorbals thread in Norries Urban Adventures, I assume its Ian Fairs showroom your looking for
Targer

I believe it was a Jaguar showroom and it was just a short distance from the Bedford picture house.
dustmite

I don't think this is the smaller one you're looking for, think this is the larger showroom that was later a Ford franchise, here (I guess mid to late 60s) it's a "Truck Specialist", but a great photo.



Higher-res shot here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/6442...866633603/sizes/o/in/photostream/

Not my own photos just 'discovered'; the set also includes some nice ones around Dennistoun, Alexandra Parade area, Erskine Bridge under construction - from below, at Bowling - and others.

I'm curious myself about something: what's the high-rise building looming in the background?  The structure on the roof almost looks like a ship's prow, and seems familiar ...
John

Dustmite, I`m pretty sure that was the old Social Security & Buroo block.
dustmite

Thanks John, though I'm still disorientated by that picture.  I thought it might have been the Nautical College, but it's behind, further southward, up Pollokshaws Rd rather than down towards the town, the buses I think being on Victoria Rd heading into town.  It looks a happier time, before the tyranny of the dedicated bus-lane arrived.  I last visited that Wylies in the early 90s to buy a pair of quality OE brake disks at around £90 + vat, for a diesel Sierra, which had rather too quickly warped the previously fitted cheapo reproduction ones.  

I thought there was a 'car dealerships' thread here on UG, but can't locate it to see if there's any pictures there, but seem to recall it was more reminisences than anything and light on photos.

Haven't seen this multi-storey office block pictured anywhere else, unless I've missed it, is it still standing?

I made a mistake about the other photos in that Flickr set, it does include at least one under an almost complete Erskine Bridge, (and incidentally one of an incomplete Kingston Bridge) and one or two others of interest, particularly to lost railway buffs, but the Dennistoun ones are a different flickr account: http://www.flickr.com/photos/joe90bem/  I probably found these links through this here UG site initially so they're probably well known to the usual suspects.
streapadair

Victoria Road a little south of St Andrews X, about opposite the Plaza. Railings are still there, phone box and pedestrian crossing too, in modern form. Can't remember what the tower block was, if I ever knew, but it's not there now.

The Buroo building was further north, busses would have passed it in 20 seconds if there hadn't been that little hold up.

Nautical College? Riverside at Gorbals X surely?
dustmite

Thanks streapadair.

One of your own photos then looks to be taken by you from almost the exact same spot, in the early 70s, but you're panned leftward and are looking up Viccy Rd instead of up Pollokshaws Rd.



So we've a ghostly mystery high-rise, probably quite new then, possibly even still unoccupied in that photo, built probably in the mid-60s, but no-one seen it going up or coming down, and in between times, no-one knows what is was used for, or where it actually was.  About normal for Glasgow.
mradmack

The building was redeveloped in the 1990's. It was Ordnance Survey IIRC
dustmite

Stop with the X-files music, the building is still there in 1973, in one of your own photos, immediately following that last one:

http://urbanglasgow.co.uk/ftopic1236-0-asc-60.php

John

I still think its the old Social Security building located at Muirhouse St, it lay derelict for some time before finally being demolished sometime in the late 90`s possibly early Millenium.
The Laurieston Buroo offices are further north.
dustmite

Thanks John, I expect that's it.  I was quite tickled with the 'ship' on the roof idea, the prow at one end and at the other there's a dark bit that looks so like a funnel; there was another building in the town that looked similar, especially about the roof, creating the impression the first, the bus picture, was somehow looking towards the town but is of course looking roughly south and west.

Cheers John!

Apologies to yelookinit for the slight diversion from Wylies proper.
streapadair

dustmite wrote:
you're panned leftward and are looking up Viccy Rd instead of up Pollokshaws Rd.


Nope, looking down Eglinton St.

Apologies to John, I thought he meant the Laurieston DHSS, I'd forgotten about the Muirhouse St one.
Stuball

I remember that building as the Ordinance Survey offices... 1994/5
John

The first time I had to sign on I was sent to Muirhouse St, but it was more trouble than it was worth to even go there as when I arrived there were guys from just about every housing scheme in the South West and this was in the days that territorial warfare was abundant, so I opted for Mair St in KP.
You are probably right Stu as it went through a few changes in ownership after they switched most folk to Laurieston.
Cheers Strep, I knew which way you facing, also in the original pic you can just about make out the Gulf Garage sign that sat in the crossroads across from the Plaza.
dustmite

streapadair wrote:
dustmite wrote:
you're panned leftward and are looking up Viccy Rd instead of up Pollokshaws Rd.


Nope, looking down Eglinton St.

Apologies to John, I thought he meant the Laurieston DHSS, I'd forgotten about the Muirhouse St one.


Help ma boab, I give up, I'm still disorientated.

I knew it couldn't be Laurieston, as quite apart from looking SW, I do recall Laurieston DHSS not being such a tall building, maybe four stories at most, set back from the road, with steps at the front and a gravelly area of coarse red stone chips.

Thanks all, mystery building riddle solved!
yelookinit

God i think i actually remember going to the social with my dad, way back in the early  90s and i always thought it was beside the saw centre at eglington toll! but i was only a wee boy then.

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