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426 Balmore Road, Hodge Court, Former Possil School Gymnasium Including Gatepiers and Boundary Walls

A Category C Listed Building in Glasgow, Glasgow

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.8913 / 55°53'28"N

Longitude: -4.259 / 4°15'32"W

OS Eastings: 258822

OS Northings: 668767

OS Grid: NS588687

Mapcode National: GBR 0K7.QW

Mapcode Global: WH3P2.K630

Entry Name: 426 Balmore Road, Hodge Court, Former Possil School Gymnasium Including Gatepiers and Boundary Walls

Listing Date: 6 April 1992

Category: C

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 377635

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB33742

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Glasgow

County: Glasgow

Town: Glasgow

Electoral Ward: Canal

Traditional County: Lanarkshire

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Description

James Taylor Thomson, 1930-34. Single storey and basement 10-bay T-plan former gymnasium block for Possil School, school now demolished. Red brick with contrasting slightly advanced ashlar end bays, base course, cill course, top and bottom of parapet. Recessed openings. Flat roof.

W (STREET) ELEVATION: symmetrical, 10-bay. Central canted projecting flagpole holder at parapet.

E (ENTRANCE) ELEVATION: 9-bay, with central 3-bay projecting flat-roofed section with central entrance with slightly advanced doorpiece breaking parapet.

Predominantly 6-pane timber windows with upper section inward opening, some now boarded up.

INTERIOR: entrance hallway leads to 2 large gymnasiums with timber floors.

GATEPIERS AND BOUNDARY WALLS: stepped brick boundary wall with gabled ashlar coping to N, S, W and E, but most complete to W and S. Some sections with railings. To W, pair of brick slender square gatepiers with flat ashlar caps. To S, 2 pairs of brick gatepiers, those to left tall, square with flat ashlar caps, those to right shorter version with entrance now infilled with brick.

Statement of Interest

A striking piece of thirties architecture with contrasting red brick and grey sandstone. It is the sole remaining structure of Possil School which originally consisted of a very large open corrider plan school constructed in a splayed U-plan. The gymnasium block was situated between the splayed wings. The school was converted to housing and the whole site was listed at category C(S) in 1992. Demolition of the school, due to severe structural problems, has taken place (2004) and new housing is being built on its site.

The gymnasium block and boundary walls contribute positively to the streetscape in Balmore Road and form an important part of Possilpark's social history.

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