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231 Dalmarnock Road, Bridgeton Free Church and Hall

A Category B Listed Building in Calton, Glasgow

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Coordinates

Latitude: 55.845 / 55°50'41"N

Longitude: -4.2198 / 4°13'11"W

OS Eastings: 261107

OS Northings: 663537

OS Grid: NS611635

Mapcode National: GBR 0TS.NG

Mapcode Global: WH4QF.4CT0

Entry Name: 231 Dalmarnock Road, Bridgeton Free Church and Hall

Listing Date: 15 December 1970

Category: B

Source: Historic Scotland

Source ID: 377862

Historic Scotland Designation Reference: LB33825

Building Class: Cultural

Location: Glasgow

County: Glasgow

Town: Glasgow

Electoral Ward: Calton

Traditional County: Lanarkshire

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Description

J C MacKellar, 1901, with Mackellar, Davies & Dunn, 1911-1912 hall to E. 5-bay, symmetrical, nave and aisles, gabled church with Art Nouveau detailing and with 2-storey and attic, 4-bay gabled hall to E. Coursed and snecked stone with ashlar dressings. Swept roof over aisles. Tall, round-arched windows to church.

FURTHER DESCRIPTION: ENTRANCE ELEVATION TO W: Central Art Nouveau doorpiece with entrance with engaged columns and distinctive swept pediment above. Timber panelled entrance doors. 3-light Gothic tracery arched window above. Flanking buttresses surmounted by empty niches. Parapetted stair towers to outer bays.

HALL TO E (Fairbairn Street): near symmetrical, 2-storey and attic, hall with mullioned windows. Tripartite mullioned and transomed windows to ground. Entrance door to far right with 2-light fanlight above. Pair of central gables.

Predominantly leaded glass windows. Grey slates. Polygonal base of former belfry behind front gable. Raised skews to hall.

Statement of Interest

Place of Worship in use as such.

An important part of Glasgow s architectural history, this church is distinguished by its fine Art Nouveau doorpiece and swept roof. Prominently positioned on a corner site, it adds significantly to the streetscape of the area. The detailing reflects the influence of highly regarded Glasgow architect J J Burnet who moved from Beaux-Arts to Baroque and Free Style designs adopted by many of his contemporaries.

It was built originally for an Evangelical Union congregation as their previous building had been declared unsafe. The Evangelical Union Church united with the Congregational Union in 1896. Gradually the population declined in the area around the church and the congregation subsequently reduced in membership and it closed in 1980. It re-opened later as an Assembly of God Church, who still occupies the building.

John Campbell MacKellar (1859-1941) was a Glasgow based architect whose practice worked on a variety of tenements, commercial, domestic and ecclesiastical buildings. This is one of a number of church buildings he designed. The partnership of MacKellar, Davis & Gunn was formed around 1911.

List description revised as part of the Glasgow East End listing review, 2010.

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