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effigy

Converted churches in Glasgow??? Some more please!

Hey there,
I'm a photographer from Germany (pardon my bad English) and currently staying in Glasgow. Recently I discovered some really nice converted churches here, such as the Oran Mor, the steeple on Park Circus and one in Rutherglen, next to the town hall. For sure there are plenty more to be discovered, but for me quit tricky to find, since I'm not that familiar with the city.

As I can see, that in this forum are a lot of people how seem to know a lot about the public space in Glasgow, I wondered if anyone of you could recommend me some more? Every post is welcome, as well tips where to research, as images for example! I'm grateful for every advise! Thanks a lot.

Cheers!
cybers

Welcome effigy,

There are many converted churches dotted around the city and most areas have a few. Sadly Glasgow went through a period of demolishing them before conversion became a big money maker.

Dennistoun has one or two conversions most notable the one at the foot of Westercraigs and one on Alexandra Parade which is a Tanning Salon last time i looked. Then there is Andrew Watts in Orr Street a car spares place in the old church halls,

Good luck with your quest and hopefully you will post some photos of your adventures around the city.

Cybers
Scotty

Cottiers Theatre - Hyndland St, West End of Glasgow
Websters Theatre. Great Western Road Kelvin Bridge
Ramshorn Theatre, Ingram St, Glasgow
Langside Church, Battlefield (now a restaurant)
The Climbing Centre, Paisley Rd West, Ibrox
Great Western Auctions, Dumbarton Rd, Whiteinch
Also the nursery/daycare centre across the road
Queens Cross Church, Maryhill
Tron Theatre, Parnie St, Trongate
St Andrew's in the Square

Also have a look at this
http://glasgowalbum.blogspot.co.u...-working-and-converted-other.html

Sounds like a good wee project
daviebroon

cybers wrote:
Welcome effigy,

There are many converted churches dotted around the city and most areas have a few. Sadly Glasgow went through a period of demolishing them before conversion became a big money maker.

Dennistoun has one or two conversions most notable the one at the foot of Westercraigs and one on Alexandra Parade which is a Tanning Salon last time i looked. Then there is Andrew Watts in Orr Street a car spares place in the old church halls,

Good luck with your quest and hopefully you will post some photos of your adventures around the city.

Cybers
the one on alexandra parade was a masonic hall in a past life
AlanM

There's a church on Victoria Park Gardens South that is now housing.

Church on Dumbarton Rd, Whiteinch, now a nursery ,had previously been a bathroom showroom.

St Pius, Drumchapel is now a double glazing showroom

Jordanvale (Whiteinch) - was previously a furniture showroom, now housing

St Andrews on The Green - now the offices of GAMH
James

There was of course the Elgin Place Congregational Church, that was a nightclub
or two in it's latter days before "mysteriously catching fire" and then shamefully
demolished in the blink of an eye...








James H
cybers

Ah many a night spent in the laser and UV lights of Cardinal Follies ... The week before it caught fire the door staff leg and a winged a drunk from the top of those stairs and had to seek refuge behind the doors when the mob wanted their blood... 200 strong banging and shoving on the doors. The drunk oh he was rubber anyway bounced off the pavement like a puppet dusted himself off and strolled over to the Kebab shop across the road for sustenance.  
James

cybers wrote:
Ah many a night spent in the laser and UV lights of Cardinal Follies ... The week before it caught fire the door staff leg and a winged a drunk from the top of those stairs and had to seek refuge behind the doors when the mob wanted their blood... 200 strong banging and shoving on the doors. The drunk oh he was rubber anyway bounced off the pavement like a puppet dusted himself off and strolled over to the Kebab shop across the road for sustenance.  


The Diablero - purchased many a late snack out of there. Their pizza sauce
was probably the best I think I've ever tried in Glasgow, though their pizzas
were kinda let down by them using pre-packaged pizza bases. Had they used
fresh dough for the base, it would've been right up there with the best of 'em...




James H
cybers

Yeah it was more like a bloody biscuit and the chilli sauce was amazing too. Still canny see past Turquoise - Scotlands First Kebab Shop In Oswald Street for pizza though ....
effigy

Thanks for your posts! I really appreciate them.
Seems like I have plenty to visit within the next days!

Maybe I should specify my interest a bit more. Actually I'm looking especially for conversions where almost nothing of the former architecture is left alive, for example only the steeple. Reuse is definitely interesting, but even more when it shows itself on the surface...

Cheers!

@AlanM
Thank you for your recommendations. As you can image I use Streetview to get a first impression of what is suggested to me, to find out if it is reasonable to go there. Unfortunately I couldn't find your two suggestions from below on Maps/Streetview. Maybe you could give me some more advise how to find them?

AlanM wrote:

St Pius, Drumchapel is now a double glazing showroom

Jordanvale (Whiteinch) - was previously a furniture showroom, now housing
Doorstop

St Pius: Barnkirk Avenue at Bayfield terrace, Drumchapel

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@55...44176,3a,75y,205.13h,82.17t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1svXOfT-ZvP3WYeJjTPccfuw!2e0

Jordanvale: 25 Squire St, WHiteinch

https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@55...49067,3a,75y,151.22h,84.01t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1slmbhYbuJoNRU6ewuR1j0Rw!2e0
effigy

James wrote:
There was of course the Elgin Place Congregational Church, that was a nightclub
or two in it's latter days before "mysteriously catching fire" and then shamefully
demolished in the blink of an eye...



Where was it and what can be found there in nowadays?
Thanks!
James

Corner of Pitt Street and Bath Street. Looks like this now.




James H
Stuball

James wrote:
cybers wrote:
Ah many a night spent in the laser and UV lights of Cardinal Follies ... The week before it caught fire the door staff leg and a winged a drunk from the top of those stairs and had to seek refuge behind the doors when the mob wanted their blood... 200 strong banging and shoving on the doors. The drunk oh he was rubber anyway bounced off the pavement like a puppet dusted himself off and strolled over to the Kebab shop across the road for sustenance.  


The Diablero - purchased many a late snack out of there. Their pizza sauce
was probably the best I think I've ever tried in Glasgow, though their pizzas
were kinda let down by them using pre-packaged pizza bases. Had they used
fresh dough for the base, it would've been right up there with the best of 'em...




James H


Last time I was in there, it was stinkin'
Stuball

Rough & Tumble softplay on Shawbridge Street is an old church. Nearby is Hickory Dickory House nursery which may have been a church.. not entirely sure about that one (Bengal Street)
Doorstop

Aye, nae bother effigy .. pointing out the precise location of churches and linking it to google maps so cnuts can street view them for their benefit and nothing to do do with me is something I do all the time.

Nae skin aff ma nose, call it a hobby, etc.

There's 'users' and there's 'contributors' I suppose, eh?

The difference is manifest.
skintobalinto

St Andrews in he Square in The Saltmarket is a venue used for Weddings etc. now. I went there on Open Doors day this year


St Andrews in the Square by SkintoBalinto, on Flickr


St Andrews in the Square by SkintoBalinto, on Flickr
okaydoak

Hi Effigy,

A good example which fits in with your parameters is the former Strathbungo Parish Church at 605 Pollokshaws Road (just north of junction with Allison Street).The facade and stone crown have been retained,but the rest of the building demolished,and a flatted development tacked on behind.

Cheers,
Chris.
Marblez

MacDonald Furniture at the corner of Cathedral Street / North Hanover Street is another one right in the city centre just up from George Square

This one on Pollokshaws Road has been converted into flats after lying derelict for many years. It's just along from McDonalds
https://www.google.co.uk/maps/@55...84737,3a,75y,170.18h,80.32t/data=!3m4!1e1!3m2!1sgE_ICqnpVgwB6qhxLh-BlA!2e0

I think this is the one mentioned above ! lol

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