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9 Kelvinside Gardens, St Charles Rc Church

A Category B Listed Building in Hillhead, Glasgow

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.8793 / 55°52'45"N

Longitude: -4.2771 / 4°16'37"W

OS Eastings: 257650

OS Northings: 667469

OS Grid: NS576674

Mapcode National: GBR 0GD.25

Mapcode Global: WH3P2.8HK6

Entry Name: 9 Kelvinside Gardens, St Charles Rc Church

Listing Date: 6 April 1992

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 377733

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB33771

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Glasgow

County: Glasgow

Town: Glasgow

Electoral Ward: Hillhead

Traditional County: Lanarkshire

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Description

1959-60, Gillespie Kidd and Coia. Long church on a tight, steep hillside site. 7-bay rectangular-plan church with narrow 7-bay apse continuous with main body, tall, virtually detached cloche of sacristy, Scandinavian inspiration and circular to N. Reinforced concrete with brick infill panels. Lighting mainly be clerestorey windows except for mainly glazed E gable and final bay before apse. Wide doorway in E, cross-finialled, gable with bowed brick baptistry to S, latter under rectangular canopy. Apse with shallow 3-bay, W projection.

CLOCHE: skeletal frame with platforms and bells hung under concrete roof, weathervane.

BAPTISTRY: circular with clerestorey lighting.

INTERIOR: tall, concrete wall columns swelling at top to support a ridged vault, encircle nave and apse. Between columns brick panels below a narrow clerestorey. Chapels project from side aisles. Above the aisles broad concrete beam providing base for ingenious stations of the Cross frieze Benno Schotz. Sanctuary lamp by Schotz. Seating designed by Coia. Altar Mexican onyx.

Statement of Interest

The architect and sculptor were models for figures in the frieze. The design partly derived from Auguste Perret's church at Raincy also partly owes its origin to the form of top-lit engine works. Unfortunate extension to N.

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