Sightseeing Glasgow: More Notable Buildings
There are so many Glasgow attractions, so many notable things to see in Glasgow, but here’s a few more buildings worthy of a mention
Templeton’s Carpet Factory (1889)
James Templeton started a business of making shawls and through developing his weaving techniques he decided to turn his attention to carpet weaving. It was wise decision, as by 1914 he was the biggest carpet manufacturer in the UK.
The building that houses the factory is situated on the edge of Glasgow Green and looks itself a bit like a bright carpet. Its architect William Leiper was most likely inspired by the Doge Palace in Venice, though he enhanced its colour scheme tremendously to associate it with its business purpose.
The swallow-tailed merlons on the top of the facade take us back to the Medieval Italy to the Ghibelline supporters of the Holy Roman Emperor and it also reminds us of the Moscow Kremlin that was built in the 15th century by Italian architects!
Templeton’s carpet factory will be shown as part of your Glasgow tour - choose the ‘Glasgow Must Sees’ option.
Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum (1901)
Situated in the heart of West End of Glasgow a magnificent building in Spanish Baroque style dominates the skyline. You can spend the whole day just examining the fine sculpture of the facade. The pilgrimage church of Santiago de Compostela served as an inspiration for the two main towers. Some elements of the facade are not even visible to due to its high position on the building which makes us wonder who would care? But in those days every little detail mattered!
Kelvingrove was built to house a huge collection of art and science exhibits and it was timed to open as part of the International Exhibition that took place in the Kelvingrove Park in 1901. There is also a story that the gallery is built wrong way round, meaning that it should have faced Argyle street. So the legend goes, when the mistake was discovered the architect committed suicide by jumping from one of the towers. Nonsense! At the time it was built there was no Argyle street and it was deliberately looking towards Kelvingrove Park.
The Lighthouse (1895)
Charles Rennie Mackintosh is one of the most famous Glasgow architects on the 20th century who worked mostly in Art Nouveau style. One of his early commissions was the tower of the Glasgow Herald building that contained 8,000-gallon water tank for the matter of fire. Since 1999 the venue is a contemporary art hub and also has an exhibition featuring Mackintosh’s works. You can also go up the spiral stairs in the tower to have a breathtaking view of the city.
Clyde Auditorium / The Armadillo(1997)
Frequently confused with the Sydney Opera House it was built to commemorate the thriving shipbuilding past of Glasgow – try to imagine a hull of a ship upside down and multiple it several times. Well, that’s what it's architect Norman Foster says; one of his famous works includes the Gherkin in London. Glaswegians affectingly call it “the Armadillo” though. It is surrounded by other quite state-of-the-art constructions on a former Queen’s Dock and together they form a futuristic ensemble. It serves as a venue for musicians, exhibitions and sports events.
So if you come to Glasgow you have a rough idea of what to explore! Our Glasgow Must Sees tour and West End tour respectively cover all those sights!