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Glasgow Buildings

A list of the most Impressive and Historic Buildings around Glasgow centre in order to walk round.

Each of these Glasgow Buildings are well worth viewing to take in the excellent Stonework. You can also view the Interior of some as well.

Look out for some of the Neighbouring Buildings as well, as many were built to compete with the top Buildings.

Most Buildings are built with a local Sandstone, Golden in colour. The Red Sandstone was brought in from the Southwest of Scotland, so was more expensive.

City Chambers

The Glasgow City Chambers building is on the east side of George Square, in the centre of Glasgow, completed in 1888 in the Beaux Arts Style by the Architect William Young. The City Chambers were opened by Queen Victoria. You can take tours of the inside most days. The large red sandstone Royal College Building, built in 1903, is on the left in the image above.
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old General Post Office Building

The old General Post Office Building is on George Square's south side, completed in 1878 by the Architect Robert Mathieson, re-modeled between 2007 and 2012 with a glass roof, retaining only the outer shell. The Building now contains a number of businesses including restaurants.

Lomond House

Next to the old General Post Office Building on George Square's south side is Lomond House offices built in 1922 to designs of James Miller.

Counting House

The Counting House building is on the southwest corner of George Square, built to be the Bank of Scotland's headquarters, completed by the Architect J T Rucheadin in 1870, in the Italian Renaissance style. The Building now serves as a Bar Diner and Greek Restaurant.

Merchants House

The Merchants House is on the northwest corner of George Square, next to the Counting House, completed in 1877 by the Architect John Burnet. The Merchants House has been run by Glasgow Merchants since the 1600s, helping to develop Glasgow for business and its community.

St George's Tron Church

St George's Tron Church is on Buchanan Street, about 200 yards west of George Square's northwest corner at the Counting House, completed in 1808, as St. George's Parish Church, by the Architect William Stark. The Building now serves as a Church of Scotland Parish Church. You can visit when there are no services.
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Town House

The Town House is at 167 Buchanan Street, on the north side of the Tron Church. This building was completed in 1911, used over the years as a Liberal Club, for Music and Art. The building now houses a vast Thai Restaurant over 4 floors. Next door is the impressive, but narrow, Athenaeum Theatre Building completed in 1893, it held the Hard Rock Cafe for a many years.
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Glasgow Stock ExchangeThe Glasgow Stock Exchange building is at 147 Buchanan Street, on the south side of the Tron Church, completed in 1887 by the Architect John Burnet, in the Venetian Gothic style. The Building now holds the Apple Computing Store.
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Clydesdale Bank building

The Clydesdale Bank building is at 32 St Vincent Place, next to Buchanan Street, just south of the Glasgow Stock Exchange building, completed in 1874 by the Architect John Burnet. The Clydesdale Bank has been one of the major Banks in Scotland since 1838.

Scottish Provident building

Across the road from the Clydesdale Bank building is the Scottish Provident building completed in 1908 by the architect Dick Peddie. This building now has a the Ralph & Finns Restaurant that just has to be seen.

Clydesdale Bank Building

110 St Vincent Street is on St Vincent Street, a couple of hundred yards west of the Clydesdale Bank Building, completed in 1927 by the Architect James Miller, in the American Neoclassical Architecture, for the Union Bank of Scotland. The Bank of Scotland now uses the building.

Globe Insurance Building

The Liverpool and London and Globe Insurance building is on the corner of Hope Street and St Vincent Street, next to the 110 St Vincent Street. This building was completed in 1898 by the Architects Baird and Thompson.

Grand Central Hotel

The Grand Central Hotel is at Glasgow Central Train Station, on Gordon Street and Hope Street, about 200 yards down from the Liverpool Insurance building, completed in 1883 by the Architect Robert Rowand Anderson, in Queen Anne Style. You can visit for a look round and have a drink or a meal. The hotel bar/diner named Champagne Central has good views over the Train Station.
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Gallery of Modern Art

The Gallery of Modern Art is in the Royal Exchange Square, about 300 yards east of Central Station, 200 yards southwest of George Square, originally completed as a Town House in 1778 for William Cunninghame, a wealthy Glasgow Tobacco Lord. The Corinthian pillars and clock tower were added in 1832. The interior is well worth viewing.
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Corinthian Building

The Corinthian building is on Ingram Street, about 100 yards east along from the Gallery of Modern Art, completed in 1842 by the Architect David Hamilton, as the Glasgow Ship Bank. The building now houses the Corinthian Club with Bars, Restaurants, and a Casino. You can pop in for a drink and a look around.
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Glasgow Sherrif Court

The Glasgow Old Sherrif Court is on Ingram Street and Wilson Street, completed in 1844 in Neo-Classical Design, by the Glasgow based Architects William Clarke & George Bell. The building now holds the Scottish Youth Theatre, shops and diners.
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Hutchesons Hall

Hutchesons Hall is on Ingram Street, next to the Old Sherrif Court, completed in 1805 by the Architect David Hamilton. The building was built for two Glasgow Lawyers, who left funds in trust to build a School for Poor Boys, Orphans, and also Old Men. The building is currently used as a Restaurant.
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Ramshorn Kirk

The Ramshorn Kirk is on Ingram Street, a block east of Hutchesons Hall, completed in 1824 by the Architect Thomas Rickman. The Graveyard is said to have been often robbed of Bodies for the University of Glasgow. The building is owned by the University of Strathclyde, who used it as the Ramshorn Theatre for some time.
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City Halls

The City Halls building is on Albion Street, a block east of the Ramshorn Building, completed in 1841 by the Architect George Murray. The Painting on the north end of the building was added in about 2012 by the Australian artist Sam Bates.
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Merchant Square

The Merchant Square building is on Albion Street, about 100 yards south of the City Halls, built in the 1800s as a Merchant's Market. The building now houses a number of Restaurants.
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Trongate Royal Bank of Scotland

The Trongate Royal Bank of Scotland building is at 186 Trongate, on the west end of the Trongate, a few hundred yards southwest of the Merchant Square. This Building was completed in 1903, in Mixed Renaissance Style. The building was converted to apartments in 2015 with a Cafe on the ground floor.
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Trongate Town Hall

The Trongate Town Hall, or Tontine building, is at 66 Trongate. Much of the building that can be seen today, was completed in 1781 by the Architect William Hamilton. Now mainly used as Shops, Bar Diners, Restaurants, and Holiday Apartments.
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Tron Kirk Theatre

The Tron Kirk Theatre is across from the Trongate Town Hall at 63 Trongate. The Kirk / Church was built in the 1600s, converted to the Tron Theatre in the 1980s.
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Mercat Building

The Mercat Building with the Mercat Cross in front, are at Glasgow Cross at the end of the Trongate, with the Tolbooth Steeple to the left of them in this image. This building was completed in 1928, the Cross in 1929 to replace an earlier Cross from the 1600s or before. Mercat stands for Market, as this is where a large Market was situated, where five Roads meet at Glasgow Cross. The Tolbooth here was completed in 1636 to replace an older one from the 1300s.
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St Andrew's Square

St Andrew's Square is about 200 yards southeast of Glasgow Cross. The main building in the Square is the former St Andrew's Church, completed in 1754, now used for private functions such as Weddings and Family Party's.
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Old High Court

The Old High Court is 300 yards southwest of St Andrew's Square at the entrance to Glasgow Green Park, in the area known as Saltmarket, built in 1814 by the Architect William Stark in the neoclassical style.
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Glasgow Green park holds the Peoples Palace Museum, well worth visiting when here.

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