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An Art Deco Marvel and Glasgow’s first skyscraper hotel

In June of 1938 the Beresford Building opened its doors on what had previously been the yard of a large mansion house. The architect William Beresford Inglis (died 1967) was based in offices nearby in Blythswood Square. He is also responsible for leading on the design of several iconic Art Deco cinemas in the city including in Muirend and Anniesland.

The building stands at number four hundred and three Sauchiehall street in Glasgow. It is a classic example of Art Deco architecture in the city centre. It was described as being the city’s first ever skyscraper hotel and, with the long, clean elegant lines drawing your eye skyward it is not difficult to tell why. The tell-tale long rectangular panes of glass in the windows, elegant simplicity, material choice and no-nonsense curves unapologetically scream Deco and roar with the same confidence of era. The building is constructed using reenforced concrete. The revelation is in the classic Deco ceramic ware with the exterior being clad in red, black and mustard (originally, now white) Faïence.The …


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Greendyke street, Glasgow

Halfway along Greendyke Street, the four-storey, red sandstone building opposite the childrens’ playground is the City’s former Hide, Skin and Tallow Auction Market. The building was designed by John Keppie (1862–1945) of Honeyman and Keppie, architects in 1890 and was converted to flats in 2000. The panels on either side of the central former vehicular entrance record the presence in this street of an earlier market building further to the west. The building is listed at Category B.


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Oh the places you’ll go

Dr. Seuss

This project and blog are about the beautiful dilapidated grandeur, urban decay and renewal of Glasgow, the city I love.

It is about our beautiful shared built environment. It is about buildings that are special — buildings that connect us, buildings that make me happy and buildings that can teach us something. It is about what these buildings can tell us about our history and our shared future.

If you follow this blog you’ll learn more and go deeper into the city that you thought you knew…oh the places you’ll go…


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Musings on the second city

This project and blog are about the beautiful dilapidated grandeur, urban decay and renewal of Glasgow, the city I love.

It is about our beautiful shared built environment. It is about buildings that are special — buildings that connect us, buildings that make me happy and buildings that can teach us something. It is about what these buildings can tell us about our history and our shared future.

When I was growing up my career ambitions spanned from farmer to zookeeper. …

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