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Pollok House, Pollok Park, Glasgow

Pollok House, not owned by but run by the National Trust for Scotland, is in the south side of Glasgow, set in great parkland; so much so you would never believe you were in the middle of a big city.

Pollok House, showing gates on to parkland of Pollok Park, Glasgow:-

Pollok House Frontage

This is a stitch of three photos to get in the full frontage. In reality the grass and road don’t have that bend in them:-

Pollok House, Glasgow

The house contains an array of paintings – mostly of that branch of the Hapsburg family who ruled Spain for centuries. Being notoriously in-bred they are a fairly unprepossessing bunch. The very informative guide was much more taken with this painting by El Greco of rather different content; Lady in a Fur Wrap (picture from BBC Your Paintings):-

Lady in a Fur Wrap, El Greco, Pollok House, Glasgow

A certificate on an internal wall on the corridor leading to the tea-room (which has a marvellous setting, being housed in what was the Edwardian kitchen) commemorates the house’s use as a hospital during the Great War:-

Pollok House Great War Certificate

On a wall of Pollok House’s garden facing the parkland area there is a War Memorial dedicated to the men from the tenantry and staff of Nether Pollok who served in the Great War. There are 58 names on the cartouche. Beside 13 of them is inscribed “killed” – beside another it states “died”.

Pollok House War Memorial

That makes 14 out of the 58 who went away that lost their lives as a consequence. A fraction under a quarter of the total. And some of the others would have been wounded.

Glasgow’s Art Deco Heritage 16: London Road

This one’s not really worth a number in this sequence all to itself but I’ve nowhere else to put it.

It’s Lynch’s, London Road which has Art Deco influenced upper portions, especially the windows:-

Lynch's, London Road, Glasgow

Glasgow War Memorial, George Square, in Daylight

My pictures of this memorial from last December were taken in the dark.

This was in daylight. Shows the flanking lions off well:-

Glasgow War Memorial, George Square in Daylight

Obelisk and horizontal sculpture:-

Glasgow War Memorial, George Square

The sculpture resembles the fossil of a creature’s skeleton. The latin word “Pax” (peace) can be seen to its right here:-

Detail of Glasgow War Memorial

Glasgow’s Art Deco Heritage 9: Argyle Street. Addendum

This one’s in the east end of the city centre part of Argyle Street. I missed it last December but got a photo early last month. Superstructure and windows. Nice scrolling on the stonework and lovely stained glass but needing cleaned up methinks:-

Art Deco in Argyle Street, Glasgow

Pity it’s so dilapidated. Close-up on the windows:-

Art Deco, Argyle Street, Glasgow, Detail

At the bottom of Buchanan Street and on the corner of Argyle Street and St Enoch Square is what used to be Arnotts department store and is now a branch of Bank of Scotland.

Art Deco Bank, Argyle Street, Glasgow

Below is the Argyle Street elevation of HSBC. For Buchanan Street elevations see here.

HSBC, Argyle Street, Glasgow

Under the Hielanman’s Umbrella is this entrance to Glasgow Central Station:-

Glasgow Central Station, Argyle Street Entrance

There is a similar entrance on the south side of the street. (Stitch of two photos.)

Other Entrance, Glasgow Central Station

Below is the Argyle Street frontage of the Mackintoshed up building whose Union Street aspect I featured here. Again a stitch of two.

Mackintosh Style in Argyle Street, Glasgow

Glasgow Exhibitions Display at the People’s Palace

There is a small display at the People’s Palace on Glasgow Green which shows images of Glasgow’s various International Exhibitions.

The colour picture at the top is of the 1901 Exhibition, a panorama of that same exhibition is below it, a sepia depiction of the 1888 Exhibition lies below the writing, a view of the Scottish Pavilion at the 1938 Empire Exhibition is to the left and a poster stamp of the Empire Exhibition’s logo in red is below that.

The colour picture is of the Main Pavilion at the 1901 Exhibition:-

The mostly blue picture is of the interior of one of the two Scottish Pavilions at the 1938 Empire Exhibition:-

Here’s the poster stamp in a closer up version:-

The People’s Palace also has one of the jigsaws of the Empire Exhibition:-

Note the (oddly shaped) missing piece of the jigsaw. I actually have a complete example of this jigsaw at home (a companion piece to this) but it’s still in a box somewhere due to the house move last year.

Royal Doulton Fountain, Glasgow Green

First built for the Glasgow International Exhibition 1888 held in Kelvingrove Park and moved to Glasgow Green in 1890 this is now located outside the People’s Palace on Glasgow Green. It’s the largest terracotta fountain in the world.

This may give more idea of the fountain’s scale:-

Glasgow’s Art Deco Heritage 15: Car Park, Candleriggs

Modern car park with deco styling, Candleriggs, Glasgow.

Pedestrian entrance doorway:-

There are lovely rounded “balconies” here on the element above the entrance not to mention “streamlining” on the stonework and the tip:-

Finial on central element. The finial is triangular but shows as a line here:-

There is good decorative brickwork near the roofline. The metalwork’s not bad, too:-

Glasgow War Memorial, George Square

It was deepest darkest December when I took these. The Christmas lights were up and on.

This is from the south east:-

From the north:-

From the east:-

The George Square side is flanked by two statues of lions. This is the southern one:-

George Square aspect, with Remembrance Day wreaths. (City Chambers in background):-

Glasgow’s Art Deco Heritage 14: Merchant City

Glasgow’s Merchant City lies to the east of Buchanan Street and north of Argyle Street.

I couldn’t get back far enough to get this all in:-

Same building, other side:-

Deco detail:-

This one looks a bit lonely:-

This is fairly mundane except for the decoration near the roofline – for which see next photo:-

There is some lovely decoration near the roofline:-

Glasgow’s Art Deco Heritage 13: Union Street

Art Deco style shop in Union Street, Glasgow:-

Detailing round the windows:-

The roofline has good touches:-

On the corner of Union and Argyle Streets lay the location of the famous meeting place known as “Boots’ corner” but Boots is long gone and this Union Street facade has now had “Mackintosh” embellishments added. Mockintosh, if you like:-

The detailing has typical Mackintosh square elements with sinuous biologically inspired lines:-

As do the window surrounds with the addition of also typical elongated rectangles:-

The elongated rectangles and sinuous lines are prominent in the bay window too:-

I can’t remember exactly which street this was in but it’s a fine building too, with hints of deco:-

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