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401 Govan Road, Summertown Road Carmichael Street 1-11 Merryland Street (Odd Nos) Former Govan Town Hall

A Category B Listed Building in Govan, Glasgow

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.8566 / 55°51'23"N

Longitude: -4.3 / 4°17'59"W

OS Eastings: 256131

OS Northings: 664995

OS Grid: NS561649

Mapcode National: GBR 09N.F9

Mapcode Global: WH3P7.X2K2

Entry Name: 401 Govan Road, Summertown Road Carmichael Street 1-11 Merryland Street (Odd Nos) Former Govan Town Hall

Listing Date: 15 December 1970

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 376959

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB33340

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Glasgow

County: Glasgow

Town: Glasgow

Electoral Ward: Govan

Traditional County: Lanarkshire

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Description

Thomson and Sandilands, 1897-1902. Beaux Arts
Renaissance town hall with muncipal offices and council
chamber in E block and main hall in W block. Red
ashlar. Govan Road elevation: 2 storey, 13-bay,
central arched doorpiece, fine wrought-iron gate and
wooden doors, flanked by masks of former Provosts (in
spandrels) and arched windows in Gibb's surrounds.
1st floor 3 windows in swagged architraves under oculi,
behind tetrastyle Ionic portico. Entablature and pediment
with carved tympanum. 2 small square columned pavilions
with lead domes and urn finials. Ionic aedicule in front
of slated dome, latter topped by colonnaded cupola and
flanked by tall stacks. 4-bays to either side of portico,
ground floor windows in Gibb's surround, 1st floor in
architraves. Cornice, balustrade. Corner pavilions: 1st
floor arched windows between 2 Ionic columns. Eaves
balustrade, urn finials, slated square French roof with
oval oculi in pedimented dormers, lead pyramid roofs.
Summertown Road elevation: 2-storey, 16-bay, large gable
end to main hall at W. Some similar details. 3 central
bays advanced with oculus in stepped-up parapet,
pyramidal slate roof. Small 1st floor hall to W with
elaborate cupola in centre of ridge. Entrance to main
hall: 3 arched doors with elaborate wrought-iron gates
between 4 columns carrying wrought-iron balcony, band
course and large Diocletian window, carved tympana
between paired Ionic pilasters, entablature and pediment.
Flanking towers with oculi at ground and 2nd floors,
pedimented windows at 1st and lead domed pavilions on 4
piers and Ionic columns at top.
Carmichael Street: 2-storey, 10-bay; 1st floor large
gallery windows, corniced balustrade. Ornate cupola in
centre of ridge.
Merryland Street: 2-storey, 15-bay block similar to
Summertown Road elevation with small 3-storey section
and 6 central bays added in 1902, enclosing yard with
2 doors and arched cart entry with iron gate. Rear of
hall: semi-circular drum with balustrade rises from
1-storey projection. Slate roofs. Most windows are
original sash and case.
Interior: E section, municipal offices, now Social Work
Dept: arched vestibule, mosaic floor with Govan arms.
Panelled marble dado. Corbelled plaster cornice, Art
Nouveau capitals to pillars and keystones in arches.
Panelled wooden doors to Council chamber and Burgh
officials rooms. Stairs rise from either side of door to
landing, balusters and marble Ionic columns, 1st floor
majolica tiled dado in corridors and pedimented wooden
doorpieces.
Council chamber: domed skylight, but side windows
blocked. Chandelier. Plaster panelled ceiling, ornate
plaster pilasters, arch with GBC in keystone under
pediment, smaller arched doors. Modern timber dado and
wallpaper. Main hall: only the curved panelled pilaster
ceiling and part-fluted Ionic columns in gallery survived
1973 refurbishment. Apart from some tiles at the
W entrance and curved plaster roof in foyer, nothing else
survives in the section managed by Glasgow District Halls
Dept.

Statement of Interest

The independent Burgh of Govan's answer to Glasgow town hall.

The section used by Social Work Dept is intact but the

interior of the Halls at W was obliterated in 1973. All the

majolica tiles in the corridors and stairs, dado and gallery

wood panelling, pedimented doors, art nouveau

wrought-iron banisters and ceilings of lesser halls have

been destroyed. The magnificent proscenium arch

(plaster sculpted by A M McFarlane Shannan), art

nouveau with figures supporting the ship of Govan has

been replaced by a small plaque with Glasgow's shield.

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